Carved-Top Leather Chair

Unidentified maker, probably Boston or possibly New York City Maker
1705-1715 Date:
Maple, beech, red oak with Russia leather and brass tacks Materials
46 1/2 H; (seat) 18 W x 15 D Dimensions
Gift of James Ten Eyck Credit
1908.1 Accession number

This early baroque style chair is a fine and rare example of a major branch of the chair-maker's art in colonial America. It also reflects the period of complex social change in which it was made, a time when Dutch cultural influence was declining and British influence was increasing. High-back, leather-upholstered chairs were a specialty of Boston craftsmen. Though hard to imagine looking at the cracked upholstery on this chair, Russia leather was a luxury material in its day. This particular chair was received as a gift to the Albany Institute's then-director, James Ten Eyck.

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