Spindle-back armchair

Date: 1640–80

Geography: Possibly made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Ash

Dimensions: 44 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (113.7 x 59.7 x 40 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1951

Accession Number: 51.12.2


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.