Fiddler's Throne

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

ca. 1810

GUSN

GUSN-588

Description

The projecting cornice above a panel of reeded diamonds continuing to concave niche with plank seat flanked by flat columns with herringbone reeding above a stepped and shaped semi-circular base. Back is painted grey and stenciled in green.

Details

Descriptive Terms

seats and seat components
molding (forming)
painting (coating)
paneling
pine (wood)
stenciling
lozenges
pine (wood)
reeding
Pine
Panelled
Molded
Painted
Stenciled
Reeding
Diamond
Stage

Label

"Cherished Possessions": Virtually every hamlet in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New England had at least one tavern. Usually placed at the junction of well-traveled roads, taverns accommodated travelers and served as community centers where people gathered to eat and drink, share news, hold meetings, hear lectures, listen to music, and dance. This fiddler's throne comes from the Mack Tavern in Deerfield, New Hampshire, a small village on the stagecoach road between Concord and Portsmouth. Positioned along the wall of a large hall, the seat gave the musician a place of honor, above the crowd so that his music could be heard. In 1919, after the tavern fell into decay, preservationists rescued the throne.

Associated Building

Original To Mack Tavern,

Additional Identification Number

1927.2289

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

96 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1927.2289.1

Places

New Hampshire (United States)
Deerfield (Grafton county, New Hampshire)