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Banister-back highchair

Object number



Maker Unknown


33 3/8 10 1/4 10 1/2 in. (84.8 26 26.7 cm) Back post: 35 1/8 in. (89.2 cm) Seat: 20 3/8 13 1/16 in. (51.8 33.2 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


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


Soft maple (primary); ash (seat rails and stretchers)






Hazen House, Haverhill, Massachustts. Wanamaker's, New York, by 1918; sold to Wallace Nutting (1861–1941), Framingham, Massachusetts; sold to Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1931

Associated names

Hazen House
John Wanamaker and Co.
Wallace Nutting
Francis P. Garvan


The front feet and bases of the rear stiles are replacements. The crest rail is pinned to the stiles with square wooden pegs. Faint grooves mark the placement of the arms, seat rails, and stretchers.

See also


Marion Day Iverson, The American Chair 1630-1890 (New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1957), 42, ill.
Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 67–68, no. 46, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620–1720 (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1924), 366, 378, no. 471, ill.
John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 52–53, fig. 38.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 2499, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 2, no. 2499, ill.
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), 25, 32n65, 186, 187n2, fig. 13.