Side chair, Neoclassical

1790–1800


Object Place: possibly New York, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 95

Dimensions

Overall: 98.4 x 55.2 x 48.9 cm (38 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

39.152

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, ash, cherry, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Inscription

Handwritten note by Malcom A. Norton pasted to inside of front reat rail: "This chair I bought from Dr. Cook of Moodus, Conn. He lived some years in the old Eupaphroditus Champion House and bought all the Champion furniture which he moved to his Moodus home. Eupaphroditus Champion and his father, Colonel Henry Champion drove 500 head of cattle from Lebanon to Valley Forge and saved Washington's army from starvation."
A modern red bordered jelly label is also pasted to the chair: "MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS [printed] / TL 3691 / M. Karolik [typed]"

Provenance

According to a handwritten note pasted to inside of front rear rail from Malcolm A. Norton: "This chair I bought from Dr. Cook of Moodus, Conn. He lived some years in the old Eupaphroditus Champion House and bought all the Champion furniture which he moved to his Moodus home. Eupaphroditus Champion and his father, Colonel Henry Champion drove 500 head of cattle from Lebanon to Valley Forge and saved Washington's army from starvation"; this suggests that the chair went from the family of Eupaphroditus Champion of Moodus, Conn., to a Dr. Cook of Moodus, to Malcolm A. Norton, a collector and author, who apparently sold it to Israel Sack (dealer), New York; purchased for $350 from Sack for the Karolik collection; 1939, given as part of the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts (Accession Date January 19, 1939)

Credit Line

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