Side chair

about 1850–55

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 96.5 x 48.3 x 41.9 cm (38 x 19 x 16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood veneer on laminated chestnut

On View

Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)




Seating and beds

Belter-type chair. Carved rosewood, primary wood; chestnut, secondary wood. Seat and back upholstered with gold damask. Laminated wood with bent back. Back formed by C and S scrolls pierced and carved with leaves and berries. Carved finger hole opening crowns the top of the back. Upholstered section of back echoes curves of back outline. Upholstered seat with flowers and corunucopieas carved on apron. Front cabriole legs ending in French scroll feet on casters with grape and leaf carving on knees. Rear cabriole leg ending in whorl foot on casters.
Boston newspapers from the early 1850s found glued to the upholstery brace in the original upholstery. Yellow damask show cover added in 1977.


Purchased by the Museum from Mr. Sargent Bradlee. The chair had descended in Mr. Bradlee's wife's family from William C. Bond, a Boston jeweler.

Credit Line

General Operation Funds