Material: Maple, other woods may be extant, cane seats
Condition: Excellent, commensurate with age and use, trivial scattered paint losses
Additional Information: A wonderful pair of goldenrod yellow neoclassical side
chairs… the splats ornamented with a torch, bow, and arrow secured with blue
Fancy-painted chairs were made in Portsmouth, however there were established
trading networks between Portsmouth merchants who imported from New York,
Philadelphia, and elsewhere. 1.
The New Hampshire Historical Society owns a matching chair bearing the brand of
Lewis Barnes (1776-1856) its owner. A fancy settee and four side chairs are within the
collection of the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
Old Sturbridge Village owns a pair.
Literature: See Portsmouth Furniture - Masterworks from the New Hampshire
Seacoast By Brock Jobe, pp. 359. 360 and 361. Dr. Jobe discusses this group in detail;
footnotes offer additional information.
Side Chair, Sheraton Fancy Chair, Featuring Portrait of George Washington Date/Period: 1810-1835
Additional Information: Thumb-back paint decorated fancy chair featuring a portrait of
George Washington on pierced scrolled center splat; top tablet features a spread wing
Federal eagle. The balloon seat raised on turned legs joined by stretchers, the whole on
resting on button feet.
Antique, Queen Anne Side Chairs, Assembled, Leather Seats, Vasiform Splats
New England, Possibly New Hampshire, circa 1725-1750
A pair, each with carved yoke crest, solid vasiform splat and over upholstered trapezoidal
leather sea, raised on molded cabriole legs ending in pointed pad feet. One chair in old black paint.
Early Ladder-back Side Chair in Original Black Paint
New England, circa 1790-1830
A simple and functional chair for everyday use
(Height: 41"; seat height: 16"; width: 19.5"; depth: 14")
Side Chair, William & Mary, Banister Back, Prince of Wales Crest, Boston Date/Period: 1710-1740 - SOLD
Additional Information: A fine carved black painted banister-back side chair featuring
openwork feather crest, four shaped banisters above Painted trapezoidal rush seat, raised on
block, vase, and ring turnings legs ending in beautifully turned feet and joined by robustly
Queen Anne Side Chair, Displays Great Style, Original Faux Grained Surface
Possibly New York or Southwestern, Connecticut Date/Period: 18th Century - SOLD
Additional Information: The Cupids bow (serpentine) crest rail above crisply turned
outwardly flaring rear posts flanking outstanding vasiform splat above the trapezoidal
seat. The legs are joined by double stretchers…the front stretcher featuring ball turnings
flanking a reel turning and tapering ends. The splat is sharply chamfered. A beautiful
chair of great visual interest retaining original faux grain painted surface.
Sheraton Side Chair Featuring Portrait of William Henry Harrison, Eagle Splat
President William Henry Harrison (1773 to 1841) Date/Period: Circa 1840 - SOLD
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age and use
Additional Information: The tablet back features an oval portrait of Harrison flanked by
stenciled and hand painted sprigging, oak leaves, and acorns; eagle splat above caned
seat raised on turned legs joined by box stretchers. An exceedingly rare chair.
Queen Anne Side Chair, Yoke Crest, Spanish Feet Date/Period: 1740-1780 - SOLD
Measurement: 40.75" x 18.5" x 13.5"; seat height: 18"
Condition: Very Good, newish rush seat
Additional Information: Rear post/stiles are molded and taper to top-rail.
The trapezoidal seats with corner-blocks above block and baluster turned front
legs…raised on brush feet… the legs joined by turned stretchers; front and
lower side being very robust.
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