Attributed to Joseph Armitt / Roundabout chair / ca. 1740-1750Attributed to Joseph Armitt
Roundabout chair
ca. 1740-1750

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Creator Name: Armitt, Joseph
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Dates/Places: d. 1747
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Joseph Armitt
Title: Roundabout chair
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1740
Creation End Date: 1750
Creation Date: ca. 1740-1750
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Walnut, yellow pine
Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 27 in. (77.5 x 72.4 x 68.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 25.115.15
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1925

In the 1740s Philadelphia chair makers, desperate to compete with the low-cost 'Boston chairs' being shipped from New England, introduced an elegant local interpretation of the fashionable Queen Anne style, wherein virtually all structural members-crest rails, arm supports, and front and side seat rails-were gracefully curved. This example, a roundabout or corner chair, is notable for its muscular stance and the wrought-iron-like twisting of the arm supports--features associated with the work of local cabinetmaker Joseph Armitt.

AMICA ID: MMA_.25.115.15
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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