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Boston chairmakers of the early eighteenth century had to compete with the very chairs that served as models. This chair with a caned back and seat, imported from London, displays turnings at the base of the rear legs and a high placement of the rear stretcher very similar to sophisticated caned chairs of Boston origin.
Technical notes: Caning not original.
Related examples: Yale (Forman 1988, p. 254); Concord Museum, Massachusetts (Wood 1996, p. 59, no. 24).
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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- c. 1685–1700
- Beech and caning
- 48 3/4 × 26 × 24 1/4 in. (123.8 × 66 × 61.6 cm)
- Credit Line
The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg
- Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
- Accession Number
Judge Jonathan Remington (1677–1745), Boston; Judge Edmund Trowbridge (1700–1793); Judge Francis Dana (1743–1814); Richard Henry Dana (1787–1870) ; by descent within the Dana family; Ginsburg & Levy, New York; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, 1958; given to MFAH.  This information is provided on an engraved brass plaque affixed to the back of the chair.