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Photo: Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, anonymous gift in honor of Ruth Anne Montgomery, 1985.B.10
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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown


41 1/8 21 1/2 20 1/2 in. (104.458 54.61 52.07 cm) Seat height: 16 1/2 in. (41.91 cm)



Current location

Dallas Museum of Art


Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Boston or Newport, Rhode Island
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Black walnut (primary); eastern white pine (cornerblocks)


Chair #1: incised "II" on the inside of front seat rail, with five triangular chisel marks on the same rail. The inside of the right seat rail is marked "10" in chalk. Chair #2: incised "I" on its front seat rail.


Faith P. Bybee (1900–1996) and Charles L. Bybee (1900–1972), Houston, ca. 1950; sold by Faith P. Bybee to the Dallas Museum of Art, 1985

Associated names

Charles L. Bybee


This chair is joined with mortise-and-tenon construction throughout. The rear stiles are cut from the solid. Their inside rear corners are chamfered below the inward curve. The splat is shaped to follow the contour of the sitter's back. The side stretchers terminate in rectangular tenons which fit into mortises in the legs. There is little shaping to the inside surfaces of the front legs, suggesting that the chair was assembled before the final smoothing of the parts was completed. Source: Charles L. Venable, American Furniture in the Bybee Collection (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1989), 26, no. 11.


Charles L. Venable, American Furniture in the Bybee Collection (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989), 26-27, no. 11, Accession no. 1985.B10, ill.
Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust, "American Antiques in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bybee, Part II," Antiques 93, no. 1 (January 1968): 77, ill.
Eleanor H. Gustafson, "Museum Accessions," Antiques 129, no. 5 (May 1986): 956.