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Chippendale Side Chair

Description

Mahogany side chair with bow-shaped crest rail and two slats all featuring pierced and carved leafage decoration, square seat with serpentine shaped front seat rail covered in a light yellow leather fastened with brass studs, square reed front legs, reed center and side stretchers, and plain splayed back legs.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1770-1790
Inscriptions
"This chair belonged to / William Scollay b.1756 (son of John Scollay / b.1712), married Catharine Whitwell 1780. / Their daughter Mary Scollay, born 1793, / died 1882, married Dr. Jacob Bigelow 1817. / Their daughter Catharine Scollay Bigelow / married Francis Parkman 1851. Their / daughter Catharine Scollay Parkman married / John Templeman Coolidge 3d, Sept.16, 1879. / Their daughter Elizabeth Coolidge married / Alexander Slidell Neilson on July 22, 1918." (Paper label)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts
Material
brass (alloy)
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
CHAIR, SIDE
chairs (furniture forms)
People and organizations
Bigelow, Mary Scollay, 1793-1882
Coolidge, Katherine Scollay, 1858-1900
Neilson, Elizabeth Coolidge
Parkman, Catharine Scollay Bigelow
Scollay, William, Mr., 1756-1809
Dimensions
37 1/2 in x 21 1/2 in x Seat: 17 3/4 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2007.13.1
GUSN
103283
Related Items
Notes A set of six similar style chairs are in the collection (1948.131). One of the armchairs is featured in New England Furniture, The Colonial Era, pp. 425-427, #131.

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