User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Joined great chair

Start collecting

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...

Show Full Description

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

37.316

Medium or Technique

Oak

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Seating and Beds