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Side Chair

A work made of mahogany with oak and maple.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with oak and maple.

Date:

1760/85

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Boston

About this artwork

Designs for American furniture of the colonial period were usually based on European precedents, whether from an exact prototype, from designs in pattern books, or from the memory of an immigrant craftsman. In the case of this chair, the craftsman based the design on both an English chair that was imported into Boston sometime around 1750 and on a design plate from Thomas Chippendale’s pattern book, The Gentleman and the Cabinetmaker’s Director, published in 1762. With its delicate proportions and crisp carvings, this chair is one of the boldest expressions of the Boston Rococo style.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 167

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Side Chair

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1760–1785

Medium

Mahogany with oak and maple

Inscriptions

Incised on rear seat rail:"V" original maple slip seat incised on rear rail:"VIII"

Dimensions

93.3 × 54.6 × 44.8 cm (36 3/4 × 21 1/2 × 17 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Bowen Blair Fund

Reference Number

1991.266

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