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Side Chair

Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Maple, oak
37 x 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (94 x 52.1 x 44.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1951
Accession Number:
Not on view
The great rarity of this chair lies in the original wool Turkey-work that covers its seat and back. "Turkey-work" refers to a type of woven fabric with a knotted-and-cut wool pile that was made in England in imitation of Turkish carpets. Used for chairs, cushions, and table coverings, the fabric was exported in matching sets for chairs. The joined frame of this chair was produced in Boston and upholstered there. Decorative fringe once covered the row of nails around the seat and back. Simple chair frames of this sort were also commonly upholstered in leather or plain wool fabric.
Inscription: on the back rail: [indecipherable inscription].
possibly Roger Williams, Rhode Island, until died 1683; descended in the Williams family to Henry W. Schmuck, West Springfield, Massachusetts, by 1891; Charles Woolsey Lyon, Albany, New York, by 1926; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1926–died 1951
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