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Unknown Artist ; Unidentified Turner


Side chair

Creation Date



late-17th century - early 18th century


38 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (97.16 x 49.53 x 41.91 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States, New York

Medium and Support

painted cherry

Credit Line

Gift of Donald E. Hare, '51 and Ann F. Hare


Public Domain

Accession Number

This side chair made in seventeenth-century New York (then New Amsterdam) represents Dutch furniture traditions. In the Netherlands, stoelendraaiers (or turners) specialized in furniture made of lathe-turned parts, readily assembled with dowel joints, and affordable to a wide range of citizens. Exceedingly popular, this seating furniture appears in paintings of Dutch interiors, including Heemskerck’s The Doctor’s Surgery on view in this gallery. Made of cherry, the chair’s glossy black paint simulates a costly exotic wood such as ebony which would have been imported from Africa or Asia. This chair also provides a marked contrast to the Joined Great Chair seen nearby because stoelendraaiers did not use its labor-intensive mortice-and-tenon-joint construction.

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