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Object Name Chair, Side
Title Gaines Chair
Artist John Gaines III
Date c. 1730s
Year Range from 1735
Year Range to 1740
Place of Origin Portsmouth, NH
Description 40 1/8 x 20 3/8 x 14 1/2”, Maple, eastern white pine. Standard rectangular mortise-and-tenon joints fasten all major elements except the front and rear stretchers are round tenoned to the front and rear legs, respectively. A single pin or peg reinforces each joint for the side stretchers and all seat rails. The rear support blocks are held to the rear legs with one nail each (the left retains its original nail), the front support blocks are carved out of the tops of the front legs. The crest has scroll and leaf carved decoration, the front and rear stretchers are turned the latter with ball-reel-ball pattern. The front legs are turned and terminate in spanish feet. Then stiles and stay rail are molded . The baluster-shaped splat and curved backs are typical of the Queen Anne style. The front seat rail is shaped with a half circle center drop and notched, rectangular knees. The side stretchers are arched on the bottom edge. The grained finsh is old, bit not original.
Accession Number 1998.125