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Bow-back Windsor side chair, one of a set of eight


Object number

RIF2486

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by Henry Bacon, 1721 - 1797

Dimensions

37 3/4 x 16 x 16 in. (95.885 x 40.64 x 40.64 cm)

Date

1792–1810

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Pine (seat), maple, and ash

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"C. Corey," in chalk, on several seat bottoms; "BACON" stamped on underside of seats

Style

Windsor

Provenance

Samuel Scott, Jr., Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in the Scott, Corey, and Richmond families, East Providence, Rhode Island. Gustav J. S. White, Inc. Auctioneers, Newport, Rhode Island, October 6, 1976; sold to John Walton, Griswold and Jewitt City, Connecticut; sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1976

Associated names

Samuel Scott, Jr.,
Scott family
Corey family
Richmond family

Notes

The "BACON" stamped on this chair may be the mark of the Providence chairmaker Henry Bacon. The mark could also be for Henry's younger half-brother David, who was also a chairmaker in Providence.

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Bibliography

Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust, "A Decade of Collecting American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," Antiques 120, no. 3 (September 1981): 597, fig. 9.
Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 275, fig. 6-72.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 391n3.