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Luke Beckerdite suggested that "there is a continuous thread of shop practices that make it possible to
attribute work to a specific carving shop and even isolate individual hands in that shop.”
Talking of the easy chair he said, “It is my belief that the chair was carved in (James) Reynolds' shop,
just as I believe the two serpentine card tables were carved in Reynolds' shop and the fire screens in
Bernard and Jugiez's. But at least two carvers worked in each shop. That's how we account for the
differences in the two card tables - they were probably carved by two different carvers working in
Reynolds' shop."20 He believes one side of the chair was carved by one man, the other side by another.
Removable leaf-carved knees.
This same workshop trait can be seen on the carving of the bed, a different carver working on the
left and right bolt covers.
The carving on the bed corresponds closely with that seen on several of the pieces known to have been
part of the Cadwalader suite. The distinctive foot with its inward facing two digits and swirling hair on
the second knuckle can be seen on both the bed and the highly ornate rococo chairs in the Winterthur
and Metropolitan Museums.
Comparison of saddle-seat side chair foot (left) with foot of bed (right).