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Category: Seating Furniture
Maker: McAlister, John W., Jr.
Contact: Charlotte, NC 28210

All Photographs by Pat Shanklin
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Dimensions: 32 1/4"H x 29 1/2" W x 29 1/2" D
Description: Corner chair built from a photograph appearing on page 75 of Albert Sack's Fine Points of Furniture: Early American, (9th ed., 1967).

In the photograph, the seat looked diamond shaped but every corner chair I had ever seen had, essentially, a square seat, so I made mine square! Years later I saw the original in the Karolik collection in Boston's MFA. The seat is indeed diamond shaped!

I built this in 1974. It's always been one of my favorites; even with the square seat!

Wood - Mahogany