Additional Information: The back with cushioned pillow crest, outward scrolled arms,
and a pair of cross-eyed pierced owl splats above the square frame [over upholstery
type]. Frontal ridged cabriole leg continuing to claw & ball foot; the other tapered
cylindrical legs feature little pad feet resting on full pads.
Condition: Excellent with appropriate surface wear, dark Patina
Additional Information: A robust paint decorated armchair, New England, likely
Connecticut, early 19th century, original surface…all surfaces decorated and highly
oxidized. Arrow-back with four slats; backswept ring turned posts with thumb type
terminus. The turned and flatted arms are supported by a single arrow splat and a most
unusual front posts featuring ambitious ball-turning. The shaped plank seat raised on
turned legs…the front baluster and ring turned continuing to tapered foot; the rear legs
are bamboo turned, legs joining similarly turned box stretcher.
Confidently attributed to the shop of Ebenezer Tracy (Compares to signed examples.)
The low-back having out scrolled handhold above swelled spindles featuring robust
turned nodules; the writing paddle retaining original drawer is supported by three
baluster and reel turned posts. The shaped saddle seat raised on baluster turned legs
joined bulbous turned H-stretcher. Old black paint over original surface history.
(Overall height: 31"; seat height: 15.5"; width: 36.5: depth: 32")
Yoke crest, vasiform splat, arms with scrolled handholds in a very early brown finish
having a rich and warm patina. The rockers have been part of this chair since its early
working life as evidenced by the large rosehead nails joining rockers to blocks. The
rockers and attaching nails are in the exact surface as is the entire chair…. eighteenth
or very early nineteenth century brown over red. Excellent condition.
(Height: 47.75"; seat height: 17.5"; width: 23.75"; depth: 28")
The carved pillow [cushion]-crests on flat arms terminating with robust out-scrolled [spurred] handholds having notched returns are raised on ring turned tapered posts centering solid vasiform splats set in bold molded shoes; square slip-seats over
deep skirt-profile concealing close stool, one chair remains fitted for a pot. The frontal cabriole legs feature volute scrolled knee returns and relief carved molding conforming to upper profile; rear legs are bottle/vasiform and reel form. Both chairs retain nearly 100% of first brown paint displaying a good patina. One chair is a tad taller (full height), otherwise they display the same shop traditions and were likely made from the same templates. Excellent condition; one chair measures 32.5” at pillow…the other 30 5/8” measured at pillow; chairs are both full height with seat height being 16.5”.
Ex Collection of Miriam and Arthur Spector;
Example with potty seat: Ex Wayne Pratt, Inc. and Ex Israel Sack.
The other example: Ex H.L. Chalfant.
Chair with potty seat is illustrated in Albert Sack's the New Fine Points of Furniture, as "Better," page 64.
Square backs connect to padded armrests, ending in scrolls, above elegant curved and
fluted supports; the comfortable over-upholstered seats and carved rails on tapered and
fluted legs headed with rosettes. This pair of chairs is clean and ready for use.
(Back height: 34.5”, seat height: 16”, width at back: 18.5, with at arm terminus: 21.5”)
Each with a serpentine crest rail featuring carved ears and a “cross-eyed owl” pierced splat over a trapezoidal shaped slip seat and frame; molded seat rails and splat shoe; frontal pierced brackets on square legs with beaded edge joined by a recessed stretcher. Comprising five matching mahogany examples and a similar cherry example. Excellent condition, very nice color, and surface. (Height: 36.5”, seat height: 17”, seat width measured at front: 21.5”)
Two sets of chairs are documented; see Robert Trent, “New London County Joined Chairs, 1720-1790.” The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, 50:4 (Fall 1985) pp. 154-164. Also see Minor Myers, Jr. and Edgar Mayhew, New London County Furniture, 1640-1840, page 120. The seat frames will accommodate over the rail upholstery or slip frames. (Excellent condition; H: 38”, W: 2”, D: 17”)
The three arched slats join turned posts featuring tall robust finials; turned arms on capped turned front posts continuing to slightly-tapering feet; the legs joined by the trapezoidal splint split seat and turned double box-stretchers. Wonderful old red paint.
(Seat is pretty much compromised; H: 44”, W: 23”, seat H: 16”, D: 17”)
Having a double incised bow with thirteen tapered spindles; two additional tapered spindles form the brace...boldly turned stiles support the shaped handholds. The shaped saddle seat is typical of New York State-crisp shape, sharply undercut and an incised gutter. The robust baluster, spool and ring turned legs are perfectly splayed and are joined by bold stretchers. This chair is in nice old black paint. (Height: 37.5"; Seat Height: 17.25"; Width: 16.75"; Depth: 17.5".)
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