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    Artist Name:

    Benjamin Henry Latrobe

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    (American, 1764 – 1820), Philadelphia




    ca. 1808


    Painted and gilded yellow poplar, oak, maple, white pine, and cane


    34 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

    Accession Number:

    1984.47 V

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 207
    This Baltimore klismos side chair epitomizes the American Empire style. Reflecting the French interpretation of Roman and Greek arts revived by Napoleon, the form is believed to have been derived from the Greek klismos models seen on ancient vases. By drawing upon classicism, a newly independent America created parallels with the ancient democracies of Greece and Rome. Many of the motifs reflect attitudes of optimism, authority, and strength characteristic of the Roman and American republics. The chair shows the archaeological influence that pervaded this early-nineteenth-century classical revival, a predominantly urban style favored by the elite. The construction is associated with architect Benjamin Latrobe, whose design for similar chairs was among the furnishings of the White House during James Madison’s administration.

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