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Photo: Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Edward C. Johnson III, Anonymous Gift, and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, 1976, 1976.819
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Bow-back Windsor side chair, one of a set of eight

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker, possibly by Henry Bacon, 1721–1797


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



Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Made in Rhode Island, Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Pine (seat), maple, and ash




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


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

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


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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See also


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.