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This chair represents the height of the Rococo style in colonial Boston. Closely based on English examples, the chair originally was owned by Moses Gill, of Boston and Princeton, Massachusetts. Gill was a prosperous hardware merchant and a political official who served as lieutenant governor...

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History of ownership: Moses Gill (1734-1800), Lieutenant Governor Massachusetts; 1800, by purchase to General Sylvanus Lazell (May 17, 1752-October 10, 1827), Bridgewater (Plymouth), Massachusetts; 1827, inherited by John Nahum Mitchell (Feb. 12, 1769-April 1, 1853), Harvard Class of 1789, and his wife Nabby (daughter of Gen. Lazell) ; 1853, by inheritance ti their son, James Henry Mitchell; to Jennet Orr (Mitchell) Copeland; to Alice Ames (Copeland) Draper; to Ruth Sumner (Draper) Peters; August 1994, inherited by the donor, Priscilla Q. (Mrs. Lothrop W.) Weld, Duxbury, Massachusetts (Accession Date March 27, 1996)

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Gift of Priscilla Quincy Weld in memory of her mother and grandmother, Ruth Draper Peters and Alice Ames Draper, and Elizabeth Marie Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Ernest Kahn Fund, John Weelock Elliott and John Morse Elliott Fund, Alice M. Bartlett Fund, and Edwin E. Jack Fund

About 1765–85

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 97.2 x 62.5 x 47.9 cm (38 1/4 x 24 5/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, soft maple, red oak




Furniture, Seating and Beds