ATTRIBUTION: This rococo side chair is one of the most elaborate Maryland examples known. It is almost identical in form and carving to a chair illustrated in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s two catalogs, Baltimore Furniture: The Work of Baltimore and Annapolis Cabinetmakers from 1760 to 1810 (1947), p. 179, and Maryland Queen Anne and Chippendale Furniture of the Eighteenth Century (1968), p. 18. The seat rail of that chair is marked with the initials “ID”. As the initials for the Baltimore cabinetmaker James Davidson (working 1785-1806) are somewhat late for the chair, it is likely that the initials represent those of an owner.
CARVING: The carving on the crest rail is similar to another Maryland side chair, possibly from the same shop, with a history of being in Mount Clare, the eighteenth-century home of Charles Carroll, Barrister, located outside of Baltimore. See Baltimore Furniture (1947), p. 172.