America, New York, 18th century
mahogany, Overall: 105.4 x 57.2 x 54.3 cm (41 7/16 x 22 1/2 x 21 3/8 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.32
Chairs with their splats pierced with a decorative monogram are rare in eighteenth-century English furniture, and this chair is part of a unique American set. The initials "R.M.L." are those of Robert (1718-1775) and Margaret Beekman (1724-1800) Livingston of Clemont, a house on the Hudson River north of New York City.
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