IMPORTANT CHIPPENDALE SIDE CHAIR
Given by John Hancock to Nathan Fessenden of Lexington, Massachusetts
Boston Circa 1765
Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: Maple Rails, Pine Corner Blocks
Height: 37 1/2 inches
Width: 22 inches
Depth: 21 1/2 inches
Provenance: According to family tradition that is supported by a nineteenth century document, this chair is part of a set given to Nathan Fessenden by John Hancock after Fessenden’s house in Lexington was burned by the British. Nathan Fessenden was a member of Captain John Parker’s Company on April 19, 1775, and entered a damage claim for the loss of property in the Battle of Lexington.
Reference: Other chairs from this set are at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, and at the DAR Museum, Washington, DC. See John T. Kirk American Chairs, number 116; Elizabeth D. Garrett The Arts of Independence:The DAR Museum, number 123, page 121; and in Patricia Kane Three Hundred Years of Seating Furniture, number 100, pages 119-120.
Item Number: 37953