Side chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1788-1793

GUSN

GUSN-17349

Description

Side chair. One of a pair. Mahogany, satinwood, chestnut, maple. Pattern of splat taken from Hepplewhite's 1788 "Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers Guide", pl. 26. Shield back with molded edges. Five bars radiate from a fan of inlaid satinwood at base of shield. Molded and slightly shaped stiles with small ear between shield and stiles. Seat upholstered over frame and swag tacked; serpentine in front. Rests on tapered molded front legs, back legs are square and project slightly. Rectangular H-stretchers and a stretcher between back legs. Crest rail has carved basket and trailing foliage. Bars have carved foliate "cuffs" at tops. Middle bar has carved bell-flower drop. Back legs chamfered on inside.

Details

Descriptive Terms

side chairs
chairs (furniture forms)
chestnut (wood)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
satinwood (wood)
Chair
Chair

Label

John Hancock was said to have owned this chair and another identical one stamped "WF" now in the collection of the MFA Boston. One of these may be the one that appears in the "Interior View of the Hancock House," published in Harper's Weekly in 1859.

Maker

Attributed to Fiske, William, 1770-1844 (Furniture worker)

Location of Origin

Boston or Salem, MA, USA

Dimensions

37 1/3 x 21 1/2 x 21 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1958.59

Places

Massachusetts (United States)