Eliphalet Chapin


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(b Somers, then MA, now CT, 1741; d East Windsor, CT, 1807). American furniture-maker. He made cherrywood highboys and chairs in a style derived from the Philadelphia version of Chippendale, but is not known to have signed any of his furniture. Attributions are based on four documented chairs and a tripod table. From 1774 to 1783 his partner in East Windsor was Aaron Chapin (1753-1838), who was a second cousin. Aaron Chapin moved to Hartford in 1783, and there made furniture in a Federal style influenced by Hepplewhite. From about 1807 Aaron worked alongside his son Laertes (1813-47).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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