Hall chair

1870–74
Braman, Shaw & Co. (active 1866–1883)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 122.6 x 51.4 x 48.9 cm (48 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.194

Medium or Technique

Mahogany; poplar (secondary wood)

On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Turned front legs and stump rear legs. Square plank seat, hinged lid over storage. Molded back posts with foliated finials. Pierced rectangular back with trefoil and pointed arch motifs. Pointed arch crest rail.


The Gothic style was used for furnishings made specifically for the front hall, as it lent itself to sturdy, durable furniture that could stand up to umbrellas, parcels, and wet overcoats. Hall chairs had no upholstery and were not meant to be comfortable. They offered a brief resting place for visitors and a handy storage compartment under the hinged seat for gloves and other outdoor apparel.

Markings

1. Painted in black beneath seat: "BRAMAN, SHAW, & .../ Boston, M."
2. Printed label beneath seat: "MANUFACTURED BY BRAMAN, SHAW & CO., ' IMPORTERS OF / SAMUEL LAYCOCK & SONS / ENGLISH HAIR SEAT / AND MANUFACTURERS OF ALL KINDS OF UPHOLSTERED PARLOR FURNITURE. / ... Street, Suffolk Market Building, / BOSTON / F...Y...East Cambridge."

Provenance

Museum purchase from Mr. Arthur Goodnough, 19 Pleasant St., Medford, MA 02115.

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation