I made this white oak Georgian style Hall Chair this Spring. It displayed as part of the Annual Celebration of Craft, a student and alumni exhibit at North Bennet Street School in Boston. The carved cartouche back was inspired by examples in James Gibbs' Book of Architecture from 1728.
Hall chairs were traditionally decorative and utilitarian chairs made in sets for large european estates and sometimes personalized with initials and crests on the splats. They served as temporary seating as they are rather uncomfortable. The story goes that they were that made way to discourage the help from sitting too long. But mostly they're for admiring their silhouette displayed against a wall and usually found lining a hall or flanking a doorway.