THE MOSES BLACK PAIR OF CHIPPENDALE SIDE CHAIRS
Boston Circa 1765
Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: White Pine, Maple
Height: 37 3/4 inches
Width: 23 1/2 inches
Depth: 21 1/2 inches
Provenance: The chairs belonged in the house of John Hancock who married Dorothy Quincy, whose father sold the house to Moses Black of Braintree. Black married Rosanna Duncan Maxwell in 1778, who then died in 1784. Black then married her niece, Esther Duncan, in 1785. To her niece Mary Duncan who married Judge Daniel Wells of Greenfield. To their daughter Rosa Anna Lamb Wells (1825-1916) who married Samuel Lothrop Thorndike of Cambridge. To their daughter, Mary Duncan Thorndike who Married Charles H. Fiske in 1895, to their daughter Rosanna Duncan Fiske, who married Lloyd B. Sanderson in 1920; to their daughter Rosanna Duncan Sanderson, to her daughter Mary Duncan Sanderson Eichel.
Reference: The “owl’s eye splat” is typical design for Boston Chippendale chairs. Please see Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye New England Furniture: The Colonial Era, pages 381-387, specifically number 110 for an identical splat with an overupholstered seat and number 109 for the blocked end medial stretcher.
Item Number: 7017