Originally part of a parlor set owned by George Henry Bissell (1821–1884) at 16 West 40th Street in New York; to his daughter Florence Wemple Bissel Platt (1857–1920?) at same residence; at the death of her husband, she passed the set to her nephew Honorable Pelham St. George Bissell (d. 1943) at 34 West 10th Street, New York, later at 270 Park Ave., New York; to his wife, Mary V.Y. Bissell (1889–1948) at 188 West Merrick Road, Freeport, New York; parlor set was split up in 1945— the sofa, one armchair, two side chairs and an oval table with white marble top to Hon. Pelham St. George Bissell III (1912–1981) at 22 East 36th Street, New york; at his death, his widow, Mary A. Bissell sold the oval table to Richard and Eileen Dubrow (Belter dealers) and George H. Bissell (donor) purchased the rest in 1985; the triangular table and one armchair to George H. Bissell (the donor) at 522 East 87th Street, New York, then One Waterhouse Street, Cambridge, MA until the present; gift of George Henry Bissell to the MFA 2005. From Bissell family on deed of gift: "The property was acquired by inheritance from my father President Justice Pelham St George Bissell of the Municipal Court of the City of New York in the spring of 1946. Judge Bissell had acquired these pieces from his Aunt Florence Wemple Bissell Platt. She had inherited them from her father George Henry Bissell upon his death in 1884. This is the same George Henry Bissell who with his partner J.G. Eveleth organized the first Petroleum company in the United States or elsewhere in 1854."
Gift of George Henry Bissell