American furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. II ; by Morrison H Heckscher; Mary-Alice Rogers

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102) and at Dearborn (Bishop, fig. 80) are from another set, similar, but subtly different in the proportion and shape of their individual parts. Evidently by the same maker as these four, they have been traced back to Colonel Simon Lothrop (1689-1774) of Norwich, Connecticut (Bulkeley correspondence). On the seat frame of one (Hagler, p. 3 I) is inscribed: "No 3 June 17th 1756 Elizabeth Lothrop," possibly referring to Simon's daughter (1733-1763). The MMA chairs were likely made about the same time.

WOODS: Primary and secondary: maple. REFERENCES: Antiques 12 (September 1927), p. 174; ibid. (October 1927), p. 279 (Goodwin queries). Nutting 2, nos. 2131, 2I56 (slip seat). Downs 1948,p. 79 (slip seats); p. 82. W. Johnston, p. 120; figs. I, 3 (seat-rail detail). Davidson 1967,fig. 170. Kirk 1967, no. 227. Bishop, figs. 60, 60a. Kirk 1972, fig. 184. Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1946 6. Side Chair New England, 1740-90 OTHER CHA IRS from the set in which this one is number V are at the Wadsworth Atheneum (numbers I I and V I; slip seats numbered I II I and V [Kirk 1972, no.

123; ill. facing p. 56. 3 a. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 8. Side Chair New England, 1740-90 As WITH CA T. 7, a chair of the same general type, the exact place of origin of this side chair, number I in its set, has not been determined. At the MMA it was thought to be New England until 1939; thereafter, New York. While it is a New England chair in overall design and construction-especially the turned stretchers and the rear-leg treatment-in its carved ornament it reveals motifs employed both in Newport and in New York.

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