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plate teaset
Tea Set, 1905
Tiffany & Co.
(American, begun 1837)
18-carat gold and silver-gilt
Gift of Warren Gilson M1994.358.1-18
Side Chair, 1770
Attributed to Benjamin Randolph
(American, 1721–91)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mahogany, wool-on-linen embroidery, and silk damask
Lent by the Chipstone Foundation 1990.5

In 1770 John Cadwalader and his wife Elizabeth, a wealthy member of the Lloyd family of Maryland, ordered a large suite of furniture for their fashionable Philadelphia townhouse. Included in this ornately carved set were twelve chairs including the example seen here, two card tables, a tea table, an upholstered easy chair and two matching sofas, two desks, and even a harpsichord case. The Cadwaladers paid the remarkable sum of £344 to furnish this one room—more than twice what many Philadelphians paid for their entire houses.