- Attributed to the shop of John Gaines III (American, 1704–1743)
- Made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
- Soft maple, poplar, ash
- 40 5/8 x 27 x 17 in. (103.2 x 68.6 x 43.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1951
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In the design and construction of this armchair, the incline of the back, relaxed slope of the arms, and forward pull of the powerful ram’s-horn handgrips are in perfect balance. The scrolls, foliate carvings, and piercing of the crest rail and the extended length and breadth of the outward-sweeping carved feet are design elements associated with John Gaines III. Trained by his father, a turner and chairmaker in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Gaines moved in 1724 to Portsmouth, where his shop remained active until 1745.