1865–1870Attributed to John Jelliff & Co.Newark, New Jersey, 1836–1890rosewood, walnut, with reproduction damask upholstery40 3/4 in. × 26 3/4 in. × 23 3/4 in. (103.5 cm. × 67.9 cm. × 60.3 cm.)

Museum Purchase


Americans retained an interest in classical design well into the nineteenth century with the Renaissance revival style, as witnessed by this deeply tufted, upholstered armchair. Neoclassical ornament appears in the carved tassel drops on the chair back and in the female masks that function as arm supports.

—Laura Fecych Sprague