Possibly made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States
44 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (113.7 x 59.7 x 40 cm)
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1951
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708
The rarest and grandest of the early turned chairs are those with rows of spindles below the seat as well as above it. Although its boxlike form may look simple at first glance, this chair is a complex composition with subtle variations in the shaping of the rungs and in the spacing of its horizontal and vertical members.
Descended through eight generations in the family of John Tufts, Sherborn, Massachusetts; Wallace Nutting, Framingham, Massachusetts, by 1921; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1921–died 1951