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Jaffrey House, interior finish

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Parlor from hip-roofed mansion built by one of Portsmouth, New Hampshire's wealthiest merchants. Woodwork is in the early Georgian style, including Corinthian pilasters flanking the fireplace wall; wallpaper is a French paper of about 1775 in a chinoiserie pattern duplicating the paper used...

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Provenance

House originally located on Daniel Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; built by George Jaffrey II (1682-1749). House descended to his son George Jaffrey III (1718-1801); and then to his grand-nephew, George (Jeffries) Jaffrey IV (1789-1856). The Goodrich family then purchased the house, and later in the nineteenth century sold or rented the south half to the Simes family. The house, then in disrepair, was sold at auction on September 24, 1919, and was purchased by Israel Sack, a furniture dealer. The Museum acquired the house and land from Mr. Sack in November 1919; removed two interiors (including this parlor) and a cupboard from a third room; structure was resold to a developer and the house was destroyed in the summer of 1920. The parlor was on view in the East Wing from the opening of the decorative arts wing in 1928 until 2002.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Residuary Fund for Colonial Art and with contributions from Charles Hitchcock Tyler and J. Templeman Coolidge

About 1720–30

Object Place

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

Dimensions: see conservation documentation

Accession Number

20.602

Medium or Technique

Wood, wallpaper

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Architectural elements