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Windsor Chairs

In 18th-century America, the Windsor chair appeared both in public buildings and in private homes, indoors as well as outdoors. (Windsors were specifically sold as "fit for piazzas or gardens.") More expensive and fashionable styles of furniture--such as Queen Anne and Chippendale styles--appeared largely in the homes of the well-to-do. In use in London in the 1720s, the Windsor was being made in Philadelphia by the 1740s and elsewhere along the Eastern Seaboard later in the century. It was available as a side, arm, or child's chair and as a settee.


18th-Century Home Furnishings

Sets of chairs, chinaware, glassware, and other home furnishings became popular in 18th-century America. They suited the era's taste for symmetry and order. The popularity of sets also reflected the growing practice of entertaining in the home. In the previous century, most middling households provided benches for seating; in the 1700s, such households began to adopt genteel social rituals such as tea parties and dining. At these occasions, it became the custom to provide everyone present with a chair.


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