Thomas Jefferson favored the Campeche chair form for its classical associations and the comfortable posture it offered, referring to it as "...that easy kind of chair." Jefferson appears to have popularized the chair when he served as President, and he continued to use it during his retirement at Monticello. The first versions were imports from New Orleans, where the form evolved in the early 19th century, and enslaved carpenter John Hemmings made examples at Monticello.
This reproduction Campeche chair is based on an example now on view in Monticello's Parlor. Made of mahogany, the chair features the typical X-shaped base, generous armrests and a serpentine crest rail. The low-slung seat of reinforced leather still affords the noteworthy comfort that Jefferson found so desirable.
Campeche chair measures 39"h x 27"w x 24"d. Made in the U.S.A. from imported wood. Shipping included in price.
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Freight Truck Delivery in the 48 continental states only. Express shipping not available.