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


Overall: 97.8 x 55.9 x 46.7cm (38 1/2 x 22 x 18 3/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, white pine, maple, original needlework seat

Not On View




Seating and beds

These chairs are an elaborate version of a conventional Boston design. The standard shape-curved crest rail; solid, vase-shaped splat (back); rounded seat; and cabriole (S-curved) front legs-is ornamented with shells on the knees and crest rail. The execution suggests the hand of John Welch, Boston’s premier carver. The chairs descended in the Fayerweather and Bromfield families; family tradition indicates that Margaret Fayerweather embroidered the seat covers.


"V" scratched into seat frame


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)