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American Decorative Arts

Side Chair

1660–90

Maple, oak, leather

37 1/8 × 18 × 15 3/16 in. (94.3 × 45.7 × 38.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Coyle, LL.B. 1943
1991.128.1
“Turkie work,” serge, and leather chairs are recorded, often in sets of six, in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century estates of well-to-do New Englanders. “Turkie work” was a fabric woven in imitation of Turkish carpets. Serge was a durable wool furnishing fabric. Leather was widely used for chair seats and backs. Because of the additional costs for such upholstery, these chairs were the most expensive type of seventeenth-century seating furniture.
Geography: 
Probably made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1991,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1992): 156, ill.

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