Arm Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1770-1790

GUSN

GUSN-241380

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

Descriptive Terms

chairs (furniture forms)
mahogany (wood)
maple (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
cloth
Chippendale
Chair

Inscription

"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)

Maker

Possibly Short, Joseph, 1771-1819 (Maker)

Location of Origin

New Hampshire; Massachusetts

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

38 3/8 x 27 x 20 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Woodbury Langdon

Accession Number

1966.286

Places

Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
New Hampshire (United States)
Possibly Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Possibly Newburyport (Essex county, Massachusetts)