Side Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1740-1765

GUSN

GUSN-63331

Description

Side chair. Walnut primary wood and maple secondary. Yoke-shaped crest rail with central carved shell. Cyma-curved stiles and vasiform splat. Compass seat upholstered with twentieth-century red stamped worsted fabric; cabriole legs feature high-relief shell carvings terminating in carved bellflower drops; turned swelled stretchers with blocks and ring turnings, claw and ball feet. Part of a set purchased by Charles Barrett, Sr.

Details

Descriptive Terms

side chairs
chairs (furniture forms)
walnut (wood)
maple (wood)
Queen Anne
Chair

Label

"Cherished Possessions": This chair represents the height of style in colonial America, as close to the English model as it was possible to get. More expensive versions were available-chairs that had slightly more elaborate stiles; or that used flashy walnut veneers on the back splat; or that had more carving-but this was still the gold standard. Because this chair has the roman numeral VIII stamped into its seat rail, we know it was originally part of a set of at least eight.
The set belonged to Charles Barrett, Sr., (1740-1808) of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, who probably inherited it or purchased it used around the time of his marriage in 1764.

Associated Building

Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.),

Additional Identification Number

1948.152a

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston, MA

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

38 7/8 x 22 x 17 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Caroline Barr Wade

Accession Number

1955.430.1

Places

New Ipswich (Hillsborough county, New Hampshire)
Massachusetts (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)
Probably