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Side chair

Object Number: 
1929.45
Date: 
1715-1750
Medium: 
Wood, possibly maple or sycamore, with marquetry probably of maple, holly, fruitwoods; mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 42 1/2 x 21 x 20 in. ( 108 x 53.3 x 50.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: brass plaque on base of splat; "Gift of Emerson Brooks/ 1928" engraved: brass plaque on shoe; "OWNED BY/ JOHN HANCOCK/ SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE/ PURCHASED AT THE HANCOCK DISPERSAL SALE IN 1795/ BY MRS. ASA (QUINCY) CLAPP, NIECE
Description: 
Baroque side chair; back with triple-arched crest rail, curved stiles that conform to the contours of the double cyma-curve splat; trapezoidal seat with rounded front and upholstered slip seat; cabriole legs with blunt slipper feet and chamfered rear legs; chair back and side and front seat rails decorated with veneer of marquetry composed of floral motifs; mother of pearl bird and flower petals incorporated into marquetry; metal brackets strengthening rails and legs; engraved brass plaque at base of splat and shoe.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this chair was owned by John Hancock and was purchased by his ancestor at the Hancock dispersal sale in 1795.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Emerson Brooks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group