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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Walter Corey, American, active ca. 1836–75

Side Chair

ca. 1850

Hard maple

33 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 17 3/8 in. (85.1 × 37.5 × 44.1 cm)
seat: 17 1/4 × 18 1/4 in. (43.8 × 46.3 cm)
other (Overall): 18 1/2 × 20 5/8 in. (47 × 52.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Montgomery
The fashion for graining furniture to imitate rosewood arose in the 1820s. This chair, which was made in an era when the American furniture-making trades were radically changing, was the product of the prolific chair factory that Walter Corey established in Portland, Maine, in 1836. Corey eventually built his business into a large furniture factory, six stories high, with machinery run by a sixty-horse-power engine, and employed more than one hundred men.
Made in Portland, Maine
19th century

Found in Falmouth Foreside, Maine; Dean A. Fales, Jr., Kennebunkport, Maine; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Montgomery, New Haven, Conn.


Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 188-189, no. 168, ill.

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