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Boston Chair

1988.138 (RS32610)

Description

Side chair. Black-painted maple, oak, leather, linen. Arched, molded crest. Canted back with molded serpentine stiles. Leather upholstery on seat and back bordered by a double row of decorative brass nails. Front stretcher with central ball and ring turning and urn-shaped side turnings. Side and back stretcher. Rests on block and baluster-turned front legs and plain raking back stiles.\n

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": One of the most successful early industries in Boston, Massachusetts, was chair making. This chair, with its original leather seat and back, molded stiles and crests, and turned front legs, is a typical example of an early eighteenth century Boston-made chair. Locally, these were simply known as “leather chairs.” Outside of New England, however, they were called “Boston” chairs, an indication of how successfully they had penetrated other markets. Mass produced and cheap, they were affordable for people all over the colonies.
Maker
unknown
Date
1725-1740
Inscriptions
Label on front seat rail: This chair belonged/to Gov. Shirley--bought of/[ ] James of Cambridge [ ]/[ ]
Material
leather
linen (material)
maple (wood)
oak (wood)
painting (coating)
upholstering
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Boston chairs
CHAIR
chairs (furniture forms)
leather
Leather
linen (material)
Maple
maple (wood)
Oak
oak (wood)
Painted
painting (coating)
Upholstered
upholstering
Dimensions
43 3/8 x 18 3/8 x 19 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1988.138
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Pertzoff
GUSN
67216

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