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Spindle-back chair

Date:
1680–1720
Geography:
Probably made in Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Soft maple, maple, ash
Dimensions:
37 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (95.3 x 50.2 x 36.8 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.694
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 709
Judging by the number of surviving examples, turned spindle-back chairs were the most prevalent type of seating in the American colonies until the late seventeenth century. The turnings of this chair—distinguished by the large finials—reflect a style typical of furniture made around Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts.
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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