Side Chair

Date: 1730–90

Geography: Made in New England, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut, cherry

Dimensions: 42 x 20 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (106.7 x 51.4 x 41.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte E. Hoadley, 1946

Accession Number: 46.192.2


In the 1730s, New England makers developed a distinctive Queen Anne–style side chair that featured a yoke-shaped crest rail, vase-shaped splat, turned stretchers, and pad feet. Typical of the Queen Anne style, the emphasis is on overall form rather than surface ornamentation. Boston makers exported thousands of these sturdy, elegant, and comfortable chairs to cities along the Atlantic coast.