Side chair

About 1732–43
Possibly by John Gaines III (American, 1704–1743)

Object Place: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 132


102.87 x 48.26 x 43.81 cm (40 1/2 x 19 x 17 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, possibly chestnut

On View

Regional Styles in Middle Colonies Gallery (Gallery 134)




Seating and beds

Although it contains the customary elements of New England seating furniture in the late Baroque style, this chair breaks the mold in its rounded stiles (rear vertical posts); idiosyncratic, pointed splat design; and tiny, almost vestigial, pad feet. Its most commanding feature is the carved double shell that ornaments the crest rail, capping a distinctive (if somewhat naive) version of an international style as interpreted on the banks of Portsmouth’s Piscataqua River.


The chair was bought in the region of Portsmouth, and owned for some years around 1930 by the dealer Cabby Stewart of Portsmouth.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik