Side Chairs

Date: ca. 1760 - 1780

These Massachusetts side chairs have a back splat carved in two bold loops. The loops are set side by side in a way that strikingly resembles eyes— specifically, owl’s eyes—peering out at the viewer. The open and fluid carved splat is one of many elements in mid-1700s mahogany furniture inspired by the sensual and natural rococo style. Rococo splat designs featured intricately woven strapwork resembling Gothic window tracery, Chinese architectural fretwork, and large scrolls, or loops, like those seen here.

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, and soft maple

Inscriptions: Numbered "I" and "IIII" on the front rails

Dimensions: H: 38 x W: 21 1/4 x D: 17 5/8 in.

Place: Massachusetts, probably Salem

Accession: 0842.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Massachusetts , Salem

Purchased July 12, 1962 from Israel Sack.