Great Chair, 1670-1690
Thomas Dennis (1638-1706)
Ipswich, Mass.
Oak
Gift of Robert Brookhouse, 1821
Peabody Essex Museum 108886

"Great chairs were reserved for the male head of the house, a symbol of authority and power not unlike a royal throne. Carved by the maker for his own use, this chair ranks as one of the most elaborate American chairs to survive from the 17th century."

For a full account of this chair and its artistic importance see New England Begins...(MFA, Boston), 515-516. Literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne describes this chair in his novel, The House of Seven Gables.

Quoted from ARTscape entry on the Peabody Essex Museum website: http://www.pem.org.