National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Side Chair Side Chair
Rendered by Charles Squires (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, colored pencil and graphite on paperboard
overall: 30.4 x 22.5 cm (11 15/16 x 8 7/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 41"high, 21" wide, 17"deep.
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 12 of 26

Queen Anne chairs are characterized by graceful curving lines. A distinctive feature is the solid back splat, shaped like a vase or violin. The splat in this chair rises from the seat to the center of the curving top rail, where it ends in n a carved shell. The front legs have the cabriole shape and are ornamented with carved shells at the knee; the back legs are plain and round—a common feature. The uprights of the seat back follow a gentle S-curve, bending inward at the base and outward toward the top. The curve of the top continues from the central shell into the curve of the uprights. Unlike typical Queen Anne furniture, this chair has the ball and claw feet which were a hallmark of later eighteenth-century pieces; their presence here marks a transition to the Chippendale style which was popular in America after 1750.

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