Side chair

1795–1805
Probably by John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), With Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 88.9 x 51.4 x 44.5 cm (35 x 20 1/4 x 17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

37.620

Medium or Technique

Bird's-eye and curly maple, birch

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Provenance

The chairs are said to have been owned by John Hancock (died 1793) but do not appear in his inventory; they belonged certainly to his widow, Dorothy Quincy (Hancock) Scott and appear in the inventory of her estate as "14 Birdseye Maple Chairs-$25". At the sale of her effects, advertised in the Columbia Centinel, Feb. 20, 1830, they are noted as "one set of bird's eye maple chairs with damask seatings, one pair similar card tables". They were purchased by Jabez Bullard and descended to the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Isabel Bullard Brown of Lynn, Mass., Miss Mary B. Bullard and Frederic S. Bullard of Portland, ME.