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Ladder Back Rocking Chair, Human Effigy Arm Terminuses
Extraordinary Example of Colonial and Native American Collaboration
The arm terminals carved with faces are in the manner of the Penobscot Indians
Coastal New England, Likely New Hampshire, or Maine
Date/Period: 18th Century


1029-67_main

Measurement: Height: 46”, Width: 24”, Depth: 26.5”

Material: Maple, ash splint seat, undisturbed black painted surface, varnish

Condition: The wonderful and original painted surface displays deep rich crackled
patina and is worn at stretchers and arm rests; note the wonderful time worn wear
patterns at arms, shoulder, and leg positions

Additional Information: An Extraordinary Example of Colonial and Native Collaboration
Likely made by a Native American employed in the coastal New England furniture
making industry. The cross-cultural aesthetics combined work in concert seducing the
eye, mind, and soul.
Featured are the standards of fine furniture making, a vocabulary of graceful turnings;
finials surmounting rear posts display an inventive spirit…all this enhanced by the
painted surface displaying a soulful patina combine naturally with the Native hand-
woven ash splint seat and carefully carved human effigy arm finials presenting a soft
reductive visage, balanced proportion, and impassive gaze. The human effigy within
Eastern Woodlands culture is emblematic and distinct from other representations of the
human form and often represents a guardian spirit, or a “chiefly “designation.
The original woven seat is made of hand cut ash splints, typically shaped by a
crooked knife, is undoubtedly of Native manufacture. Native crafts people of this time
are known for their “chair bottoming” (See; Nan Wolverton, American Indian Baskets
Made in New England, Antiques Magazine, January 2004 for a discussion of Native
woven splint seat bottoms).
The combined “best in class” Native and non- Native aesthetics, from such a specific
time and place allow the unknown makers of this remarkable chair to come to life again.
The rocker surfaced in New England form an unknown picker many years ago
Skinners Auction, Bolton, Massachusetts
James Economos , Santa Fe, New Mexico via private sale from above
Peter Bram, Brooklyn, NY
Trotta-Bono, NY
Nathan Liverant & Son, CT
Ned Jalbert, Florida

For additional information please email or call David Hillier
drh@aaawt.com
978-597-8084

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Century Queen Anne Rocking Chair, Outstanding Surface History
New England
Date/Period: Circa 1750


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Measurement: Height: 47.75"; Seat height: 17.5"; Width: 23.75"; Depth: 28"

Condition: Excellent condition.

Additional Information: 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.

$3,450.00

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18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms
Date/Period: Circa 1730-1750


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Measurement: Height: 41"; seat height: 16"; width: 22.5"; depth: 15.5"

Material: Maple and ash

Condition: Very good overall, top front stretcher is possible an early retro.

Additional Information: Turned rear posts featuring outstanding finials joining three
shaped slats above the trapezoidal seat; the front posts retain complete ball-shaped
[mushroom] handholds. Of special merit are the carved flat or blade form armrests. The
legs remain at full height and are joined by turned double box stretcher. The chair sports
a coat of 19th century black paint…nice patina.

$1,675.00

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18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions
New England
Date/Period: 1740-1760 - SOLD


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Measurement: Height: 48.75"; seat height: 17"; width: 23"; depth: 21.25"

Material: Maple, ash, and birch

Condition: Very good

Additional Information: Outstanding tall finials atop rear posts joining top and bottom
rails centering four turned and split banisters; massive, shaped arms having scrolled
handholds resting on vigorously turned front posts. The legs joining robustly turned
double stretchers. Nice old color.

SOLD

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Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston
High Back Boston Chair
Underside of seat is branded “S. GRAGG / BOSTON”
Date/Period: 1810-1820 - SOLD


270-180_main

Measurement: Height: 45.75"; seat height: 17"; width: 24"; depth: 18"

Material: Maple, walnut, and pine, original mustard yellow paint

Condition: Very good, little bit of white latex paint on side of one arm that will easily clean off; minor
in- paint at center of seat where commonly worn

Additional Information: A generously proportioned and comfortable armchair featuring a curvilinear
(back-curved) back and reverse-curved spindles supporting comb. The slightly convex tablet is tapered as
seen from the sides and gently rolled backward; square back having seven steamed and bent spindles
flanked by conforming stiles. The walnut arms feature volute carved terminus; front edge of “D” shaped
seat is sharply chamfered and is raised on bamboo-turned legs joined by similarly turned-stretchers…the
front stretcher having a narrow rectangular tablet common to the Boston fancy-chairmaking tradition.

SOLD

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