Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Athens of America

Side Chair

Klismos form chair (1808), by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. (Philadelphia Museum of Art) Link to the Artifacts Gallery to learn more.

Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed the house and furniture of William and Mary Waln at Seventh and Chestnut Streets. The so-called Klismos form is distinguished by front and rear legs that curve inwards and directly mimics ancient Greek chairs as seen on pottery. The draped upholstery softens the severe lines. Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art. Side Chair Made in Philadelphia, 1808, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, American (born England), 1764-1820. Decorated by George Bridport, American (born England), 1783 -1819. Gessoed, painted and gilded tulipwood and maple, gilded metal mounts, silk upholstery 34 1/4 x 20 x 20 inches. Purchased with the gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Alex Simpson, Jr., and A. Carson Simpson, and with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Raley and various donors, 1986.

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