American Decorative Arts
Maker: Lambert Hitchcock, American, 1795–1852

Side Chair


Beech, maple, white pine, oak, and yellow-poplar

33 5/16 × 14 3/4 × 15 1/2 in. (84.6 × 37.5 × 39.4 cm) other (Seat): 17 5/8 in.(44.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stiner, B.A. 1945W, in honor of Dr. Joseph Weiner, Ph.B. 1916S
One of the enterprises that blossomed during the 1820s was the manufacture and shipment of “fancy furniture.” Many of the producers of such furniture served wholesale markets, advertising “chairs in pieces for exportation” or “knockdowns fit for the southern market.” One such entrepreneur was Lambert Hitchcock, who established a factory in northwestern Connecticut close to supplies of wood and water power. By the mid-1820s, he was making fifteen thousand chairs annually. The seat rail on this chair bears the signature he used between 1825 and 1832.
19th century
Made in Hitchcocksville, Connecticut
On view*

“Acquisitions 1977,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 37, no. 1 (Fall 1978): 72, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 259, no. 149, ill.

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