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Side chair

Date:
1765–90
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, maple, white pine
Dimensions:
38 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 21 in. (98.4 x 60 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore, 1939
Accession Number:
39.88.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
These chairs are among the finest of all Boston seating furniture in the Rococo style. The design of their back is taken verbatim from plate 9 of Robert Manwaring's modest pattern book The Cabinet and Chair-Maker's Real Friend and Companion, which was published in London in 1765, and available in Boston by January 1767. But whereas Manwaring's chair design had plain straight legs and was considered of modest scale and importance, the Boston maker considered his handiwork top of the line and added elegantly carved cabriole legs and claw-and-ball feet.
Inscription: incised on underside of the shoe: I
Clark Gyton Pickman, until died 1781; his daughter, Sarah Orne Osgood; her sister, Rebecca Taylor Osgood; her daughter, Sally Loring; Isaac Osgood Loring, Andover, Massachusetts; descended in the Loring family, Andover, Massachusetts; Frances Nichols, The Antique Galleries, Boston, until 1939; [Mrs. Paul Moore, New York, 1939]
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