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  • Description
    John Hemings (attrib), Monticello Joinery, Thomas Jefferson's Siesta Chair

    A Campeche variant rocking chair (siesta chair) highly attributable to John Hemings 1815-1819. Construction methods and stylistic elements are consistent with those utilized in the Monticello Joinery. Of particular note are through-tenoned joints where the arms meet the rear stiles. Jefferson had a documented preference for the Campeche chair, of which this chair is derived. Considering Jefferson’s deteriorating physical condition, the ease of use of a medium height rocking chair would have been ideal. This chair has been referred to as the “chicle chair”, as an original, period piece of chicle remains stuck to the underside of one of the seat rails.

    Eli Lurie Antiques
    Open by appointment only
    Upton, MA and Savannah, GA

    Eli Lurie Antiques is a small antique shop. Having two locations, one in central Mass and in Savannah, Georgia. We specialize in fine federal, empire, and classical furniture and decorative arts. Founded in 2008 we have always sought to deal in the best of the best. We have a small sample of our inventory online, so if you do not find what you are looking for let us know and we may have what you are looking for.
  • More Information
    Notes: “While too weak to sit up the whole day, and afraid to increase the weakness by lying down, I long for a siesta chair which would have admitted the medium position. I must therefore pray you to send by Henry the one made by Johnny Hemings." —Thomas Jefferson in a letter to his daughter Martha, 1819
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: White ash, Leather, Brass
    Condition: Distressed. Unrestored condition: original surface, partial remains of original leather (including deckle edging), original brass tacks, various cracks, reinforced crest (old repair)
    Creation Date: ca. 1815-1819
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Federal
    Incollect Reference #: 287941
  • Dimensions
    W. 25.5 in; H. 41 in; D. 31 in;
    W. 64.77 cm; H. 104.14 cm; D. 78.74 cm;
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