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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


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, entire view

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

1029-67


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, entire view 2

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, detail view

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, detail view 2

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, detail view 3

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, detail view 4

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, detail view 5

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, detail view 6

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, detail view 7



William and Mary Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Original Condition
Probably Coastal Connecticut
Date/Period: 1720-1740


William and Mary Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Original Condition Probably Coastal Connecticut, entire view

Measurement: Height: 44.75"; seat height: 15"; width: 23.25"; depth: 18"

Material: maple and ash

Condition: As is often the case with these early “as found” chairs…two of the slats,
although original have experienced losses…the vestiges of time! Best surface…

Additional Information: The tall and bulbous finials above heavy, sausage turned
posts joining three slats. The flanking downward slanting arms with projecting hand
grips on turned posts continuing to legs joined by double turned stretchers; robust front
stretchers are sausage turned. Best surface quality.

$2,150.00

413-71




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


18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions New England, entire view

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

605-138


18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions New England, entire view 2

18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions New England, back view

18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions New England, handle view

18th Century Banister Back Armchair, Robust Turnings, Generous Proportions New England, detail view



Windsor Bow-back Side Chair, High-back Having Straight Sides
Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts
Date/Period: 1790-1800


Windsor Bow-back Side Chair, High-back Having Straight Sides Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, entire view

Measurement: Height: 38"; seat height: 16.5"; width: 14.5"; depth: 15.5"

Material: Maple, white pin, and ash

Condition: Very good, the left proper rear leg displays a fine splice just under the seat
at wafer turning however the entire leg appears to be by the same turner and displays
the same turnings and tool marks as other legs. It is very possible that the maker
installed a dowel to strengthen tight fissures in that section of leg. The chair retains what
appears to be original green paint now darkly oxidized; paint on seat likely refreshed
early in its life with gold trim added at that time.

Additional Information: The narrow high-back with flattened top continues to the seat
without curving inward. The shield shaped seat is chamfered and sockets the legs. Ring
and vase turned legs are joined by tapering stretchers. This curious form may be related
to a set of six attributed to Solomon Sibley of Auburn, Massachusetts (Collection of Old
Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass.) The Sibley chairs featuring narrow backs with
almost no curve. At this time, we can make no solid attribution.

$950.00

424-379


Windsor Bow-back Side Chair, High-back Having Straight Sides Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, detail view 1

Windsor Bow-back Side Chair, High-back Having Straight Sides Possibly Worcester County, Massachusetts, detail view 2



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


Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, entire view 1

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

270-180


Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, entire view 2

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, entire view 3

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, entire view 4

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, entire view 5

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, bottom view

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, brand

Samuel Gragg Windsor Comb Back Armchair, Underside of Seat Branded – Gragg – Boston, detail view



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


18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, entire view 1

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

1289-1


18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, entire view 2

18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, entire view 3

18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, entire view 4

18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, detail view 1

18th Century Great Chair, Ladderback Armchair, Flat Arms, detail view 2



Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair,
Rhode Island
Date/Period: 1775-1790


Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 37.5"; seat height: 16.25"; width: 23.5"; depth: 15"

Material: Maple, ash, and pine

Condition: Excellent, no repairs, old refinish…nice color

Additional Information: The tapering bow of successful form above arm rail with
shaped handholds pierced by seven splayed spindles; the arm is supported by turned
posts; the shaped saddle seat features chamfering and pontil and is grooved at inside
and outside edges of spindle platform. The chair is raised on ring and vase turned legs
with abruptly tapered foot (toes) joined by robust swelled stretchers. A very successful
chair of good proportion.

$2,950.00

SKU: 424-356


Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, entire view 2

Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, entire view 3

Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, entire view 4

Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, detail view

Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, seat view

Antique, Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Rhode Island, underside view



Pilgrim Century Carver Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Spindle Back
Eastern Massachusetts, Perhaps Boston, Suffolk County
A rarely encountered 17th century form, diminutive, likely original surface Ash


Pilgrim Century Carver Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Spindle Back
Eastern Massachusetts, Perhaps Boston, Suffolk County, entire view 2

Pilgrim Century [17th century] Carver armchair with finials above vase turned stiles, the
turned crest rail above a back having three turned tapering spindles, the turned
armrests joining front posts, above a trapezoidal seat, the legs joined by double box
stretcher. Imperfections are consistent with age and use; one arm and two side
stretchers are replaced; the retrofitting was done with ash…natural color and patina
matches the overall chair; it is obvious that these repairs were made very early in the
chairs working life, likely during the 18th century. There are small losses to the top orb of
each finial that do not distract. (Height: 46.5"; seat height: 16"; width: 24"; depth: 18")


Pilgrim Century Carver Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Spindle Back
Eastern Massachusetts, Perhaps Boston, Suffolk County, entire view 1

Pilgrim Century Carver Armchair, Turned Great Chair, Spindle Back
Eastern Massachusetts, Perhaps Boston, Suffolk County, detail view

$18,500.00

1039-80




Early Ladder-back Side Chair in Original Black Paint
New England, circa 1790-1830


Early Ladder-back Side Chair in Original Black Paint
New England, circa 1790-1830, angle view

A simple and functional chair for everyday use
(Height: 41"; seat height: 16"; width: 19.5"; depth: 14")

$225.00

1187-42





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