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Arm Chair

1966.286 (RS85693)

Description

Arm chair, Chippendale form with pierced splat. Gothic arch at center top, spiral leaf ears on crest. Marlborough legs and beaded edge. Well-modeled arms with rounded hand holds and curved arm supports with paired volutes. Back legs are chamfered below stretchers on outside front. Serpentine center made of additional piece of wood (white pine). Seat rail (maple) nailed on with four roseheaded nails.

Details

Maker
Possibly Short, Joseph, 1771-1819 (Maker)
Date
1770-1790
Inscriptions
"Admiral Dewey held this/ piece in his hand and/ examined it Sept 2 1901" (pencil)
"Geo G Brewester/ Portsmouth NH/ 1832" (ink; George Gains Brewster (1797-1872), Portsmouth watchmaker and dentist; his father Samuel (d.1834), owned "1 Mahogany arm Chair"; thr family included joiners, chairmakers, and antiquarians)
"1776/ PORTSMOUTH John Langdon" (shipbuilder and governor of New Hampshire)
Location of origin
New Hampshire; Massachusetts
Material
cloth
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Possibly Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly Newburyport (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Probably Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
Chair
chairs (furniture forms)
Chippendale
cloth
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
Dimensions
38 3/8 x 27 x 20 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.286
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Woodbury Langdon
GUSN
241380

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