Side chair

about 1725

Object Place: Europe, England


112 x 57.1 x 61.6 cm (44 1/8 x 22 1/2 x 24 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut veneered on walnut, partially gilded, modern upholstery

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Walnut, carved and parcel-gilt. The chair stands on cabriole legs with pad feet. The bowed drop-in seat is covered in gold velvet. The shaped front seat rail has pendent apron. The chair has shaped supports and a double-arched cresting rail carved with a central shell above a shaped back-splat carved with a trellis pattern within a cartouche. Similar cartouche appear on the knees of the legs. The carved decorationis enhanced by gilding.

The sinuous lines and elaborate carved dcoration of this chair make it an unusually rich example of English seating furniture of the early eighteenth century. The richness is accentualted by the use of gilding to hightlight the areas of detailed carving. Note that the design of the back splat, stiles (uprights), and top rail is found with minor variations on a pair of slightly later mahogany chairs exhibited nearby.


Part of a suite of chairs from Worsborough Hall, Yorkshire. By 1983, Mr. and Mrs. I.W. Colburn, Marblehead, MA; 1991, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Colburn to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. I.W. Colburn