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Joined great chair

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Like the leather great chair (1977.711), this armchair was a symbol of hierarchy and authority in a seventeenth-century home. Framed with mortise-and-tenon joints like a chest of the period (see 29.1015), it is decorated with crisp, low-relief carving, including a back panel with a bold...

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The chair was first known in the Henry F. Waters collection in Salem, and a photograph which Waters gave to Irving Lyon in 1883 bears the inscription "oak chair picked up in Essex Co[unty]." It descended to Mr. William C. Waters; later purchased by the Museum in April 1937 for $500.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

about 1640–85

Object Place

probably Ipswich-Rowley area, Essex County, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 120


Overall: 103.5 x 57.8 x 42.2 cm (40 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 16 5/8 in.)

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Furniture, Seating and Beds