STYLE: The source of this design is The New York Book of Prices for Cabinet and Chair Work (1802). This book describes a square-backed chair with Gothic arches. They were probably inspired by similar chairs common to New York.
WOODS: mahogany primary; ash seat frames; corner braces of yellow pine.
These chairs are probably from the set of “12 mahogany drawing room chairs” valued at $24 in the 1815 probate inventory for Vanderhorst’s townhouse on East Bay Street. The remaining 10 chairs from the set are in the collection of Historic Charleston Foundation at the Nathaniel Russell House.