This type of chair, with turned banisters for back slats, represented an easily pro­duced, less expensive variant on leather and cane-backed chairs. Often made in sets, these chairs were widely produced over a long period of time throughout New England.

Technical notes: (B.69.46), painted poplar (legs), soft maple (crest rail), black ash (front stretcher, left seat rail, banisters, stay rail), elm (left stretcher), white oak (front seat rail); B.69.47, various woods, materials not ana­lyzed microscopically.

Related examples: MMA (acc. nos. 10.125.218; 52.195.8,9); Concord Museum, Massachusetts (Wood 1996, p. 63, no. 26); Jobe et al. 1991, pp. 70, 72, fig. 21.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Maker
American
Title
Side Chair
Date
c. 1720–1750
Medium
Various woods, materials not analyzed microscopically
Dimensions
47 1/2 × 19 × 17 3/4 in. (120.7 × 48.3 × 45.1 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.69.47
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

[Israel Sack, New York]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, 1954; given to MFAH, prior to 1969.