With its rounded stiles, compass seat and expertly rendered shells, this side chair epitomizes the elegance and virtuosity of Philadelphia cabinetmakers working in the Queen Anne style. At the same time, the chair is a masterful expression of regional preferences--from the carved shells and trifid feet to the horizontal joinery of the seat and seat rails with through tenons.
Exhibiting identical designs, two other surviving chairs were possibly part of the original set. See Sotheby's New York, October 19, 1996, lot 316 and The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, vol. II, October 28-29, 2004, lot 341.