Important comb-back writing arm Windsor chair, maple and pine. The chair sports a comb-back above a birdcage seat back, a dovetailed drawer underneath the writing arm, and bamboo turnings on the legs. The chair is sturdy and is a good ample size. It has an old refinish, with a butterfly repair to the seat, and is structurally sound. Inscribed under the seat is, “Reading chair of John Lowell, (1769-1840). Circa 1800, New England.
John Lowell was born in Newburyport, MA. His father, also John Lowell, is considered to be the father of the Boston Lowells. John Jr.'s son, John Amory Lowell, was the first Trustee of the Lowell Institute in Boston.
John Jr. was a lawyer and a notable member of the Federalist Party in the early days of the United States. Like his father, he was admitted to the bar before he was 20 years old. He was a member of the MA legislature and later, was President of the MA Agricultural Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President of the Boston Athenaeum, and a driving force behind the establishment of the Harvard Law School. His portrait, painted by Gilbert Stuart, hangs in the Harvard Art Museum.
Dimensions: 45½” high x 33” wide x 41” deep; 18” seat height.
Item No. 200164