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Pair of Side Chairs

A work made of mahogany, ash, birch, and upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany, ash, birch, and upholstery.




Carving attributed to Samuel McIntire
American, 1757–1811
Salem, Massachusetts

About this artwork

The design of these chairs was taken almost directly from plate two of Englishman George Hepplewhite’s 1788 edition of The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer’s Guide, a pattern book that was available in America. The two chairs are part of a set of eight that may have originally been made for Salem merchant Elias Hasket Derby. The house for which these chairs were made was designed by Samuel McIntire, the craftsman to whom the carving on the chairs is attributed.


On View, Gallery 169


Arts of the Americas


Samuel McIntire


Pair of Side Chairs


Salem (Object made in)

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c. 1794–1799


Mahogany, ash, birch, and upholstery


Each: 97.2 × 54 × 47 cm (38 1/4 × 21 1/4 × 18 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society through the Edith Almy Adams Fund

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