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The 'Nathan Fessenden' Very Fine and Rare Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Side Chair, Boston, Massachusetts, Circa 1775

Catalogue Note

This chair appears to be a mate to the example in the collection of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their chair descended in the Fessenden family of Lexington, Massachusetts. According to tradition their chair was given by John Hancock to Nathan Fessenden (1749-1997) following British damage to the Fessenden family property in the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775. Nathan Fessenden, who fought in Captain John Parker’s company of minutemen, entered a claim for loss of property in the battle amounting to £66 10s.1 Another chair from the same set is in the collection of the Yale University Art Museum.2

1 Elizabeth Donaghy Garrett, “American furniture in the DAR Museum,” Magazine Antiques 109:4 (April 1976) 752, fig. 6.
2 Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture: Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), pp. 119-21, no. 100.

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