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Side Chair

A work made of mahogany with oak, maple, and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with oak, maple, and upholstery.




Artist unknown (American, 18th century)

About this artwork

Designs for American furniture of the colonial period were usually based on European precedents, whether from an exact prototype, from designs in pattern books, or from the memory of an immigrant craftsman. In the case of this chair, the craftsman based the design on both an English chair that was imported into Boston sometime around 1750 and on a design plate from Thomas Chippendale’s pattern book, The Gentleman and the Cabinetmaker’s Director, published in 1762. With its delicate proportions and crisp carvings, this chair is one of the boldest expressions of the Boston Rococo style.


On View, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Side Chair


Boston (Object made in)

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c. 1760–1785


Mahogany with oak, maple, and upholstery


Incised on rear seat rail:"V" original maple slip seat incised on rear rail:"VIII"


93.3 × 54.6 × 44.8 cm (36 3/4 × 21 1/2 × 17 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Helen Bowen Blair Fund

Reference Number


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