Side chair

about 1770

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 150


94.0 x 54.9 x 44.8 cm (37 x 21.625 x 17.625 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany; pine, maple

Not On View




Seating and beds

The delicately bowed top rail is bordered with long, distorted C-scrolls which flow into the top of the complex, pierced splat. The rail is enriched with carved leaves at each side, interspersed with “peanuts,” and in the center with a spray of acanthus above a bunch of pendent acanthus. The two major scrolls of the splat are bordered with carved leaves. The stiles of the back are molded, as are the upper edges of the shoe and the seat rails. The cabriole legs are carved with falling acanthus on the knees, and terminate in raked claw feet. The outcurving rear legs are chamfered on four sides above the rear stretcher and on the front sides below it. The H-shaped stretchers are block-and-baluster turned, the cross stretcher having terminal blocks.


The chair is numbered II on the inside of the front rail, the seat frame VI. There is a spurious date, "AD 1755" cut in the rear seat rail.


Descended in the Lane family of Boston to the donor, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems; 1960, given by Mrs. Weems to the MFA (Accession date: October 13, 1960)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. F. Carrington Weems