Queen Anne Easy Chair, Likely Coastal Virginia, Probably Norfolk Area, C.1745
American walnut, live oak, mulberry and red pine by analysis
The easy chair frame is in very good structural condition with only trivial minor repairs. In May of 1990 Alan Miller harvested 11 small wood samples for microscopic examination by Harry Alden, wood anatomist, who at the time was employed by the Winterthur Museum. (Now in private practice, the go-to lab) The three-page report supports American manufacture [report is available to interested parties]. From a design point of view, if construction details are not considered, considering known American easy chairs…this example most resembles chairs from New York or the area from Virginia to South Carolina. To make a regional attribution with any hope of accuracy, the chairs design, construction and wood species details must be considered and reconciled. Two of the hardwoods in this chair, black walnut and live oak, are of unquestionably American origin; collective range is from Northern Virginia south. (Please call or email Dave to discuss other wood species used in this chair and/or to receive a three-page report. The chairs quirky construction is likely the product of a rural or small village shop. It is possible that this chair is from a previously unknown shop in New York and the live oak came north on coastal shipping…if this were the case, the spruce and/or red pine could be either local or imported (Unlikely that a rural shop had access to imported woods). While this theory is certainly possible, a fair amount of documented New York furniture is known and none of it resembles this chair in terms of construction mentality. Maryland or Charlestown were possibilities yet have been rejected for similar reasons. As for regional attribution, coastal Virginia or North Carolina, especially Virginia is favored and logical. Even with this regional attribution we must patiently wait for a similar chair with known history to present itself, however, the attribution is reasonable and plausible. In any case, this is a charming and pure, rare American chair displaying great individual character.
The chair is clearly an 18th century American antique made in what can be broadly described as the Anglo-American woodworking tradition with construction details and wood use choices common to no other style center. It is a product of a professional chairmaker or makers, however the workmanship habits do not correspond to those of any known urban center and display individualistic mentality which is internally consistent and, in a way, rational - although very quirky and idiosyncratic compared to the product of someone with standard apprenticeship training. The chairs frame, in several aspects, is the easy chair reinvented; its form realized and approximated in novel ways. The aforementioned suggests a rural, or at least, enclaved, origin for this chair; its maker could have arrived at his own solutions to the problems of chair frame construction without pressure to conform to more standard local practices.
If there were no standard local practices, then this pressure would not exist suggesting that the chairmaker with professional skills but without firsthand easy chair frame making would logically have invented his own methods to arrive at his idea of the current chairs joinery and form. Two other general explanations seem possible; the first is that there existed a shop or regional tradition for technically making chairs like this. However, if this were so, more chairs made like this should exist and may one day be published. The second is an extrapolation of the first idea…if a chairmaker were trained to make chairs using this technique, he could have traveled to a new area and set up shop making products according to his habit and training.
See, Joseph Downs, American Furniture – Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods; plate 83 for an easy chair of similar design, circa 1745 – 1755, probably Virginia.
See, Southern Furniture 1680 – 1830, The Colonial Williamsburg Collection by Ronald Hurst and Jonathan Prown, pp. 71 and 72, number 9…a roundabout chair, Tidewater, Virginia, circa 1740 – 1750, made of walnut; related cabriole leg and turned pad feet. (Rear feet of our chair are shoed as often found in Virginia)
The Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum Decorative Arts Photographic Collection. 66.935 [closely related front and back legs/feet] Photograph of side chair; Albemarle County, Virginia, 18th Century
• Photographs of frame pre-upholstery are available. • Authentication by Alan Miller • Microscopic Wood Identification by Harry Alden, Winterthur Museum
Purchased by James Kilvington  at Wilson’s Auction (Lincoln, Delaware) from the Dashiell family sale, they settled in Gloucester County, Virginia in the mid-17th century; members of this family later moved to Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, Maryland. To Ronald Pook in 1990, to our consignor, a private Virginia collector.
Height to top rail: 44.25”, height to armrest at cone: 25.5”, seat height: 16” without cushion, seat depth: 17.5”, width of top rail: 25.5”, width measured at front of wings: 29”, armrest with measured at outside of cones: 36.5”.843-296
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Victorian Chaise Lounge,
Recamier, Fainting Couch,
Carved & Applied Moldings, Tufted
Unknown Maker, circa 1880-1910
A clean, functional and comfortable sofa/bed
measuring 70" in length; height: 26", depth: 28"
Windsor Stool, Medium-High Height,
Delicate, Yarn Sewn Top,
Unknown maker, circa 1780-1820
The circular top features concentric rings turned into the side; beautiful long legs pierce the seat then taper-and-swell to nodules...tapering again to small feet.
(Fine condition; height: 13.5"; seat diameter: 10.5")
Cricket, Stuffed Foot-Stool Featuring Domed Needlework Top, Diminutive
Unknown Maker, America, 19th Century
A wonderful folky example, the upholstered white pine top raised on turned tapering walnut legs resting on circular feet. For a great read see American Windsor Furniture Specialized Forms by Nancy Goyne Evans, Chapter 3; Production of Stools, Stands and Miscellaneous Forms.
(Scattered non-distracting thread loss; height: 6.5"; diameter: 7")
Upholstered Wing Chair
The chair measures 45" in overall height, while the seat measures 17" in height, 28.5" in width and 31" in depth.
Wing Chair, Transitional, Chippendale and Hepplewhite Vocabulary
Probably Massachusetts, Circa 1790 to 1800
Maple and pine
Good lines, good bones, good color, new upholstery; slightly tapering leg suggests turn of period. (H: 49": W: 32.75"; D: 25")
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Youths Wing Chair, Easy Chair, Cabriole Legs
New England, 19th Century
Curly maple and white pine, height: 33-inches
A wonderful piece with soul…and cute! (sorry) - SOLD
With its perfect proportions it could easily be mistaken for a full-size chair.
Arched crest rail, curved wings, armrests on conical supports continuing to seat; cabriole front legs with double returns resting on large pad feet, rear legs are backswept and chamfered; legs are joined by block and turned stretcher system. We have pictures pre-upholstery showing the frame. Reasonable upholstery services available.
843-289 - SOLD
Queen Anne Side Chairs, Set of Eight
Circa 1760 - SOLD
The ex-owner of this remarkable group of chairs assembled them during a 30-year period; they are all stylistically inspired by the same shop traditions. The yoke back and shaped stiles centered by vasiform splat received by the molded lower-splat shoe above trapezoidal slip seats. The front legs are of cabriole form with turned pad feet while the raking rear legs are turned and block/square with nicely molded edges. One upholstered seat frame is new with all others being original to individual chair; each chair is of similar color and surface patina; obviously with slight differences that are not noticed when circling the table. Each chair measures 40" in height; seat heights: 17"; front width: 19.75".
271-18 - SOLD
Federal Sofa, Small Size, Birch Inlaid Panels, Reeded Front Legs and Arm Supports
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Circa 1800 to 1810
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested - SOLD
(Excellent condition; H: 32", seat H: 15", W: 64", D: 24")
271-40 - SOLD
Chair, Side Chair, Queen Anne
Walnut - SOLD
This transitional hair features a Chippendale serpentine crest above an 'owl' shaped splat with carved volutes; over-upholstered trapezoidal seat, cabriole legs joined by block-and-turned stretchers, terminating in pad feet.
Dimensions: H: 37.25"; seat H: 17"; W: 22"; D: 18".
274-132 - SOLD
Pair Queen Anne Side Chairs
Circa 1740-1760 - SOLD
The carved yoke shaped crest over solid vasiform splat of successful design centered by the incurvate stiles above the trapezoidal slip-seat within molded frame; front rail with matching half-round drops. The chairs are raised on cabriole legs with slipper-feet. Excellent condition with one chair having a small expertly executed splice at junction of stile and top-rail. (Height: 40.5"; seat height: 18.5"; width: 21.5"; depth: 21.5".)
295-28 - SOLD
Period Sheraton Sofa - SOLD
Early 19th Century rural New England sofa reupholstered for country decor.
Dimensions: 74" long, 34.5" high, 25" deep.
201-247 - SOLD
Sheraton Wing Chair
Period Sheraton easy chairs are uncommon and desirable... - SOLD
Considering the Chippendale style serpentine crest rail, this is a relatively early example of a Sheraton easy chair. The tall and slender form is quite desirable; almost a ladies chair. The narrow verticality is accentuated by extremely refined, and tall, delicately turned, tapering birch legs. The castors are original, a very nice feature. The already successful lines will be greatly improved by a competent upholster. (Height: 49"; seat height: 17"; width: 32.5"; depth: 32".)
270-29 - SOLD
Chairs, Queen Anne, Balloon Seats
Connecticut, Norwich or East Hartford
Circa 1755 - SOLD
See The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, fall 1985, pages 73 to 77. (Height: 41"; seat height: 18"; width: 22"; depth: 17")
274-93 - SOLD
Circa 1800-1820 - SOLD
A North Shore sofa with arched upholstered back joined by flanking down-curved padded arm rests continuing to downward-sloping reeded and scrolled arm support-handholds supported by ring-turned and fluted baluster above fielded rectangular panels; the padded arms enclosing the bench seat over tapering ring-turned reeded legs with ringed cuffs. The front with four similar legs; the rear with two backswept saber legs. Minor lower secondary frame imperfections noted; long ago, a pair of braces were added to the curly-maple frame between front and rear rails; also, originally made with four rear legs. An attractive and functional piece.
(Length: 73.5"; height: 34"; depth: 24".)
731-34 - SOLD
Queen Anne Slipper Chair
Mahogany - SOLD
The carved, pierced, and molded back above trapezoidal slip-seat raised on cabriole legs with ball and claw feet; the rear legs back swept and molded...unusual shaped and molded stretcher configuration. Minor imperfections and losses.
Dimensions: 37.25" overall height, 16" seat height, 21.25" wide, 17" deep.
903-27 - SOLD
Pair Of Chippendale Mahogany Side Chairs
Massachusetts, probably Boston
Circa 1775 - SOLD
This carved mahogany side chair with a serpentine crest ending in molded scrolled terminals above the openwork pierced scroll owl splat; above the over-upholstered trapezoidal seat frame; on frontal square beaded legs joined to the chamfered rear legs by square H-stretcher. The chairs have good rich color and are in fine condition. (Height: 37.5"; Seat Height: 17.5"; Width: 21.5"; Depth: 18".)
492-9 - SOLD
Walnut - SOLD
Carved and shaped crest continuing to out-scrolled arms on turned supports flanking vasiform splats received by molded shoes above compass shaped seat raised on frontal cabriole leg...other legs turned with pad feet; legs joined by turned and blocked cross-stretcher. Overall condition is very good, slip seat frame and some returns replaced; minor foot imperfections. (Height: 30.5"; width: 29.25"; depth: 26".)
605-68 - SOLD
Queen Anne Armchair
New England...18th century
Maple - SOLD
The yoke crest above vasiform splat...carved arms with ram's horn handholds on turned arm supports; trapezoidal seat raised on block and vase turned front legs; the rear posts/legs are backswept; legs joined by robustly turned stretchers. Old mahoganized surface with nice color and patina. The chair has been reduced in height...small section of carved brush foot remains as depicted. Tiny initials "LW" carved in each arm early in the chairs life.
(Height: 40"; seat height: 17"; width: 23.75"; depth: 20".)
731-62 - SOLD