Side chair (one of a pair)

about 1750–60
Probably carved by John Welch (American, 1711–1789), Possibly embroidered by Margaret Fayerweather Bromfield (American, (1732–1761))


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 98.4 x 55.9 x 52.1 cm (38 3/4 x 22 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

68.839

Medium or Technique

Walnut, white pine, maple, original needlework seat

On View

Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Gallery (Gallery 132)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Side chair
Needlework seat attributed to Margaret Fayerweather Bromfield (1732-1761)
Boston, about 1750-60
Walnut, white pine, maple, original needlepoint seat cover

Gift of Mrs. Jean Frederic Wagniere, in memory of her mother, Henrietta Slade Warner (Mrs. Henry Eldridge Warner), 1968 68.839

Inscription

In ink on underside of slip seat: "Capt. Fayerweather"
On both seat rail and seat frame, a corresponding "V"

Provenance

Owned by Henry Bromfield, a Boston and London,merchant, and his wife (m. 1749) Margaret Fayerweather (1732-1761) who, family tradition says, did the needlework seats. Descended in the Bromfield-Weld family. By 1872, possibly owned by Mrs. I.H.T. Blanchard, Harvard, MA; by descent to Miss Margaret Bromfield Slade, Boston; by descent in 1943 to Henrietta Slade Warner (Mrs. Henry Eldridge Warner), Lincoln, MA; by descent in 1955 to her daughter, Mrs. Jean Frederic Wagniere (Margaret Warner) Wagniere, Switzerland; 1968, year-end gift of Mrs. Jean Frederic to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1969)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jean Wagniere in memory of her mother, Henrietta Slade Warner (Mrs. Henry Eldridge Warner)