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–Wainscot great chair with turned and carved ornaments–Made of Oak, by unknown maker in New York or Connecticut, 1660-75–Owned by John Winthrop, Jr.; held by Connecticut Historical Society. How do the enigmatic designs on an oak chair belonging to the governor, doctor, and alchemist, John Winthrop, Jr., reflect the teeming underground world of mystical and esoteric thought in colonial southeastern New England? Suggested reading: Neil Kamil, “Fortress of the Soul”; John Brooke, “The Refiner’s Fire”; William Woodward, “Prospero’s America”; Robert F. Trent, review of âFortress of the Soul,â in American Furniture, 2005.
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