Campeachy Chair

A Caribbean form adopted by Louisianans and Virginians, campeachy chairs were among the most comfortable seating furniture used in early America. Thomas Jefferson called them Siesta Chairs. This particular example was made by John Hemings, an enslaved cabinetmaker owned by Jefferson. He was Sally Hemings' half-brother.

Attributed to John Hemmings, 1815-1824, Albermarle County, Virginia. Courtesy of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., Monticello.