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Side chair

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Many chairs had "slip seats"-loose, removable frames that supported the webbing, stuffing, and show cover of the upholstery. To change or update the look of a chair, the slip seat could be recovered with new fabric quickly and easily. The slip seat of this chair has been recovered several times.

Inscription

Bears brass plate engraved: "Oliver--Boston Tea Party."

Provenance

Descended in the Oliver family, and bears a brass plate inscribed "Oliver - Boston Tea Party." The reference is probably to Peter Oliver, who was one of the leaders of the Boston Tea Party. The chair passed from the Olivers to Oliver Wendell Holmes and his heirs; November 22, 1935, lent by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes; 1941, gift of Mrs. Holmes (Accession Date December 11, 1941)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes

1765–80

Object Place

Hingham area, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 148

Dimensions

Overall: 93.3 x 52.1 x 45.4 cm (36 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 17 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.41.66

Medium or Technique

Walnut, maple

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Seating and Beds