pair of Hepplewhite Side Chairs, c.1795, mahogany. Beaded gothic arches with acorn finials, carved husks and ears of wheat which extend onto the serpentine crest rails, saddle shaped seats and moulded legs connected by stretchers.

Hepplewhite side chair, one of a pair, c. 1795

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Stephen Badlam was a leading American furniture maker during the Federal period. He set up his shop in Dorchester Lower Mills, Massachusetts, and was one of a number of furniture makers to mark his furniture with a stamp. Badlam and many of his peers drew inspiration from British design source books such as George Hepplewhite's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (1788). This chair is one of a pair; the other is currently on view nearby in the MacFarlane Room.

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Title
Hepplewhite side chair, one of a pair
Artist Life
American, 1751-1815
Role
Maker
Accession Number
83.78.1
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pair of Hepplewhite Side Chairs, c.1795, mahogany. Beaded gothic arches with acorn finials, carved husks and ears of wheat which extend onto the serpentine crest rails, saddle shaped seats and moulded legs connected by stretchers.