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Side chair (one of a set of seven)

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These chairs differ from the one at the head of the table only in the treatment of the crest rails, which are partially reeded and have a slightly different construction. The name "Bussey," inscribed on the lower edge of the seat rail, may be that of the original owner, possibly Benjamin Bussey...

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Possibly owned originally by a person named Bussey, perhaps Benjamin Bussey, a Boston silversmith; to the MFA, April 1931, purchased as part of a group of 7 pieces for $2,150.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

about 1795–1810

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 90.5 x 55.2 x 45.1 cm (35 5/8 x 21 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, birch




Furniture, Seating and Beds