Boston Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1725-1740

GUSN

GUSN-67216

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

Descriptive Terms

Boston chairs
chairs (furniture forms)
leather
maple (wood)
oak (wood)
painting (coating)
upholstering
linen (material)
maple (wood)
Maple
Leather
Painted
Upholstered
Oak
CHAIR

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.

Inscription

Label on front seat rail: This chair belonged/to Gov. Shirley--bought of/[ ] James of Cambridge [ ]/[ ]

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

43 3/8 x 18 3/8 x 19 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Pertzoff

Accession Number

1988.138

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)