Side chair

about 1795–1799

Object Place: Probably Salem, massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 104


Overall: 98.4 x 55.2 x 48.3 cm (38 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 19 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Beech, maple, oak

On View

C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)




Seating and beds

Painted oval-back frame and upholstered seat

This painted chair and the one exhibited nearby are believed to be part of a set originally owned by Salem merchant Elias Hasket Derby, who gave them to his daughter Elizabeth Derby West, for Oak Hill (three rooms from the house are on this level). Painted either brown or white, the chairs were richly embellished with floral bouquets or peacock feathers.


Owned originally by Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799) of Salem, Massachusetts; descended in Derby, West, and Lander families; apparently acquired by Martha Codman Karolik from Mr. Charles R. Rogers, New Canaan, Connecticut; part of the M. and M. Karolik Collection.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts