- Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Painted mahogany, maple
- 50 1/2 x 25 5/8 x 24 3/4 in. (128.3 x 65.1 x 62.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Kaufman, 2000
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The seat and legs of this example are typical of the best Boston Rococo chairs, but the back is unusual. It is made up of Masonic symbols: fluted columns (referring to King Solomon’s temple), a rusticated arch (arch of heaven), a compass and square (faith and reason), a mason’s level (equality), a serpent swallowing its tail (rebirth), and a trowel (cement of brotherly love). The chair was probably made for the senior warden of an as-yet-unidentified Massachusetts lodge.