Side chair (one of a pair)

1805–11
Attributed to Langley Boardman (1774–1833)


Object Place: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 184

Dimensions

Overall: 92.4 x 50.8 x 45.1 cm (36 3/8 x 20 x 17 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

45.885

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, birch veneer, birch, eastern white pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

The reeded stiles of the back have squares of satinwood inlaid at their junctures with the rails. The lower rail is similarly reeded, while the upper one is fluted and arches upward to a central panel of satinwood. The central vase-shaped splat is mahogany with satinwood inlay, and it is flanked by two vertical reeded bars. The stiles are plain at the base and curve inward. The seat has a bowed front and is upholstered over the frame. The tapered front legs are molded on the front and outside, and the rear legs curve outward. There are H-stretchers and a rear stretcher with a rounded top.


These chairs are part of a large set thought to have been a wedding present given, in 1811, to Susan Lord and Judge William Allen Hayes of South Berwick, Maine. Once attributed to the Seymour shop of Boston, these chairs now are believed to be the work of Langley Boardman, the leading cabinetmaker in nearby Portsmouth. The vase-shaped splats (centers of the backs), highlighted with birch veneer, are a stylish and distinctive expression of Boardman’s work.

Provenance

Part of a set of ten side and two armchairs made for Gen. John Lord, who gave them to his daughter Susannah for her wedding to Judge William Allen Hayes of Berwick, Maine, on June 2, 1811. They descended in the Hayes family and were purchased by the donors in 1945 (Accession Date December 13, 1945)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Warren Walker, Jr.