Side chair with porcupine quillwork panels

Native American (Algonkian, Micmac)

Object Place: Maine or Nova Scotia, U.S.A., Canada


109.2 x 47.0 x 47.6 cm (43 x 18 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebonized mahogany, porcupine-quillwork with vegetal dyes on birch bark; porcelain, iron, and brass casters

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)




Seating and beds

Side chair with turned front legs and curved rear legs terminating in porcelain, iron, and brass casters; columnar stiles flanking the back panel, and carved c-scrolls on the crest rail, all embellished with gilt striping; seat and back panel consist of porcupine quillwork with geometric designs in shades of brown, white, and beige.
Side chair: Nova Scotia or Maine, 1860-1880
Quillwork: Algonquin, Micmac, Nova Scotia or Maine, 1860-1880


Early history unknown; purchased from dealer Ted Trotta. Cortland Manor, New York, in 1992.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Gift of the Estate of Jeannette Calvin Hewett in memory of her husband Roger Sherman Hewett, Bequest of Greenville Howland Norcross, Bequest of George Nixon Black, and Bequest of Mrs. Stephen S. FitzGerald