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This chair is a good example of the late Baroque (or Queen Anne) style in New England-a solid back splat, "yoke" crest rail, cabriole (curved) legs with pad feet, and turned stretchers. The painted decoration was added later, presumably to update its look. The chair is painted with chinoiserie...

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Part of a set of at least nine known examples which can be traced back to Samuel Pickering Gardner (1767-1843) and subsequently descended in his family until the twentieth century; the museum's examples (see also 1981.17) were in the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bybee by 1968; given by an anonymous collector in 1981 (Accession Date January 14, 1981)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

About 1730–60 with 19th-century japanning

Object Place

probably Boston, eastern Massachusetts, United States


101.6 x 50.8 x 41.27 cm (40 x 20 x 16 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut; paint and gilding




Furniture, Seating and Beds