backrest has vase-like central element with heart cutout at center; two scalloped elements at top corners of backrest; three rounded lobes at top of backrest; straight back legs with square cross-sections; front legs are turned with pad-like feet; turned spindles--spindle at front has three large knobs at center, top spindles on sides have even beadlike patterning; woven plant fiber seat in trapezoidal shape

East Windsor side chair, 1770-90

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This chair boasts some distinctive decoration. The vase-shaped splat, or center back section, has a cutout heart. The undulating top rail features a “pagoda” design at the center and carved “ears” on each side. The flat-bottomed, carved pad feet and curving back rail are the details of an ambitious craftsman, a third-generation joiner from the Connecticut River valley near Hartford. The chair’s original owner was David Ellsworth (1709–82), a selectman of his New England town. In 1745 he commanded a company on behalf of Britain at the siege of Louisbourg, on the French-held Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, in what is now Canada. This was a decisive British victory in what was known in the North American colonies as King George’s War, part of the War of the Austrian Secession, which raged nearly worldwide from 1740 to 1748.

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Title
East Windsor side chair
Artist Life
1724 –1786
Role
Maker
Accession Number
2015.25
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backrest has vase-like central element with heart cutout at center; two scalloped elements at top corners of backrest; three rounded lobes at top of backrest; straight back legs with square cross-sections; front legs are turned with pad-like feet; turned spindles--spindle at front has three large knobs at center, top spindles on sides have even beadlike patterning; woven plant fiber seat in trapezoidal shape