Pilgrim Century Great Chair, Ladder-back Armchair, New England, Likely Rhode Island, Found in Kingston, RI, Circa 1680-1710
Maple and ash, rear post diameter: 2.25”, Finial height: 5”
A turned great chair featuring large and wonderful finials atop turned-posts joining three shaped splats; armrest joins front posts that feature robust handholds; legs joined by double box stretchers. The feet are at about full height. Early Victorian trim on the black paint which is possibly original. The proper front left foot is restored, all else fine and typical. (Height: 42.25"; seat height: 15.5"; width: 22";
Was: $28,875; Now: $27,175
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”.
American Pilgrim Century Great Chair,
Turned Carver Armchair, Circa 1665
Connecticut or Rhode Island,
Possibly Branford Area, Ash
Turned stiles featuring large finals joining vertical and horizontal spindles; down swept turned arms; posts joined by trapezoidal rush seat above box stretcher.
Provenance: Bernard & S. Dean Levy, New York (with copy of receipt dated 1987); the William & Elizabeth Hayden Museum of American Art, Paris, Texas; Private Texas Collection. (Overall excellent condition…replaced rush seat; top rail has a notch as depicted; some loss of height: height: 41"; seat height: 16.5"; width: 24"; depth: 17.5")
Queen Anne Armchair
Walnut and pine, circa 1745 – 1760
Graceful and inviting armchair of generous proportion. Serpentine crest rail featuring backswept knuckled ears and carved shell in center, beading on upper edge. Baluster splat sits in carved keeper shoe. Stiles with beaded outer edges continue to backswept chamfered legs. Cyma curve arms with scroll knuckled terminals are supported by cyma curved arm supports attached to trapezoidal slip seat rail with screws on interior surface. Single shell carving on front seat rail echoes that on crest rail. Cabriole legs with shell knee carvings terminate in trifid feet.
(Overall height: 40"; seat height: 16.5"; width: 23")
Queen Anne Maple Side Chair with Embroidered Seat
Rhode Island, circa 1730 – 1760
Yoke back side chair with vasiform splat, convex demi-lune front apron. [Trapezoidal slip seat covered with later embroidered textile.] Front cabriole legs terminate in pad feet, rear legs are square and canted with lambs tongue chamfering, braced by block and turned stretcher. Minor split in proper left side knee block. Legs supported by block and vasiform turned ‘H’ stretcher construction.
(Height: 41.5"; seat height: 18.5"; width: 20")
Chair-Side; Queen Anne, Yoke Crest, Vasiform Splat, Cabriole Legs, Crooked Feet
Pennsylvania, circa 1745; attributed to William Savery
Featuring cupids bow crest and vasiform splat, over a rush seat with applied scalloped skirts [restored] raised on rear raking-chamfered-legs, chamfered cabriole front legs joined by a bulbous medial stretcher, terminating in crooked feet.
(Seat rail moldings restored; H: 41”, seat H: 16.75”, W: 20.75”, D: 15.5”)
Queen Side Anne Side Chair, Carved Crest Rail, Scratch Molded Legs
New England, Likely Massachusetts, Circa 1740 to 1760
Maple, great color
Molded stiles continuing to raking rear legs; spooned vasiform splat, molded keeper rail, leather over-upholstered seat; cabriole front legs joining block and turned stretchers. Old dowel repair securing one toe that was cracked; old repairs at stile and crest-rail joint, else fine. (H: 42”, seat H: 19”, W: 19.75”)
Banister Back Side Chair in Best Green Paint, Great Patina
New England, Mid 18th Century
(Seat is modern; sliver of wood missing from underside of one stretcher; H: 47"; W: 20.5"; D: 15")
Paint Decorated Windsor Thumb back chair, Freehand and Stenciled Decoration
New England, Circa 1825
Ornamented with clusters of grapes, leaves, tendrils, yellow trim, black & red graining
(Scattered thinning paint and losses; H: 34"; W: 15"; D: 12")
William and Mary Banister Back Armchair in Old Black Paint
Probably Piscataqua River Valley, New Hampshire, Circa 1760
A commodious, elegant and clean example
Please call for additional information, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
H: 45"; W: 20.5"; D: 19"
Queen Anne Side Chair, Vasiform Splat, Serpentine Crest, Spanish Feet, Painted
New England, Circa 1760
Classic transition side-chair in old paint over original red
(Very good functional condition; H: 39.5”, W: 19.5”, D: 14”, seat H: 17.5”)
Turned great chair with oversized pommels and tallest finials
Early, large and substantial
New London County, Connecticut
This monumental chair may fill this gap in the object record. While the chair assumes the basic configuration of archetypical New London County turned-chairs, it exhibits subtle structural and ornamental variations that suggest a probable earlier date of manufacture. Overall, the chair is larger and more substantial than the standard New London County turned-chair. The posts are massive, exceeding 2.5" in diameter. The finials are the tallest and most robust examples known. The posts are turned with a dense sequence of urns, rings, and incised lines that reflects the compressed character of mid 17th-century turned ornament. Additionally, the chair is constructed entirely of ash, a wood more familiar to immigrant turners than the maple used for the posts of virtually all other New London County turned-chairs.
This New London County great-chair has sustained some loss and damage during the course of its use. However, the visual and academic importance of the chair balances any issues of condition. When old upholstery was removed, the shaped profiles were lost from the upper edges of the slats. These missing elements have been restored based upon the pattern of other intact New London County turned-chairs. The posts have been extended about 6", although the lower row of stretchers is intact. Probably during the 19th-century, a horizontal brace was installed behind the finials. This addition necessitated the removal of the back profile of the finials and top section of the posts, a missing element also recently restored. The present coat of black paint dates to the 20th-century.
Another New London County turned-chair with unusually heavy ash posts is owned by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and is illustrated in American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, p. 2; catalog entry f-2. Other information is available by request.
Complex pierced splat with cutout hearts
The outline of the back and shape of top rail conforms to those generally known to have been made at New York with some southwestern Connecticut influence. The yoke shaped crest rail having rounded ear-shoulders is pinned to the turned and tapered stiles. The complex design of the pierced splat is outstanding; openwork heart above a lyrical form centered by a double figure eight above the out swept bottom section with yet another heart; splat is let into the shaped lower back rail. The set back out swept flat arms with shaped handholds are let into stiles and pinned; supported by rapidly transitioned robust turned down-weighted arm supports that are tenoned into turned side stretchers. The corner blocked seat above turned and tapered front legs joined by ring, reel and compressed ball turnings. The chair is in old black paint. (Height; 43"; seat height: 15.5"; width: 22"; depth: 16.25"; height of arm from floor is 23.75".)
Armchair, Four slat ladder back
Bergen County, New Jersey
Ash and maple
This example in old surface featuring classic Bergen County urn finials, carved down-sloped arms with robust scrolled handholds on ball-turned posts; trapezoidal seat in old natural rush raised on turned posts joined by stretcher system, the front stretchers sausage turned. (Height: 43"; Seat height: 15.5".)
Sheraton Fancy Chairs, Set of Six, Original White Paint and Rush Seats, Gilt Decorated
America, Circa 1810 (Five side chairs, one armchair)
Thumb-back with scrolled arm chair, balloon form seats, slats with spherules, turned and reeded legs on button feet; the tablet crests decorated with bee skep centered by cornucopia featuring fancy flourishes
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(Good functional condition; H: 32", seat H: 18", W: 17.75", D: 15")
Side Chair, Queen Anne, Hudson River Valley, Vasiform Splat, Original Surface
New York, 18th Century
Yoke crest above boldly turned stiles centering Vasiform splat; trapezoidal seat raised on baluster and ring-turned legs resting on pad feet; the legs joined by stretchers, the front stretcher being quite robust. Note the ring turning above feet
Maple (H: 41.75", seat H: 17.5", W: 20.75", D: 15")
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Side Chair, Federal Carved Shield Back, Attributed to John Carlisle
Providence, Rhode Island, Circa 1790 (Also worked in Newport)
Urn and swag carved Hepplewhite, Arching Crest, and Over Upholstered Seat
(Legs masterfully extended; H: 38.75"; seat H: 17.5"; W: 21.5"; D: 18")
Queen Anne Splat Back Great Chair, Thinning Original Red, Elegant
Milford or Fairfield, Connecticut
Circa 1770 to 1800
The turned Queen Anne posts transition beautifully to the crest rail and center the Boston-style "fiddle-back" splat; the arms, intermediate spindles/stretchers (under arms) and stretchers are closely related to the Durand (Milford, CT) shop vocabulary. The underside of one arm terminus is restored, all else fine.
(H: 43.5"; seat H: 17"; W: 25.5"; D: 20")
William and Mary Banister Back Armchair
The molded banisters beneath a yoke shaped crest centered by turned rear posts featuring ogival molded terminals; elegant serpentine arms with scrolled handholds; sausage turned front stretchers. The feet are intact; old brown paint.
Dimensions: 45" H, 15.75" seat H, 24" W, 21" D.
Early Queen Anne Armchair, Four Slat Ladder back, Great Color and Patina
New England, Likely Connecticut, 18th Century
(Good condition; H: 42”, seat H: 14”, W: 24.25”, D: 15.75”)
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Necessary Chair, Delaware Valley,
5-Slat Ladder-back Armchair,
A Superb Country Chamber Chair,
Close Chair in Original Surface,
Maple with some figure and a lovely patina
The slats being arched on top and bottom edges, the pointed bulb finals, the plain turned stiles, the flattened undercut arms, the ball and ring feet and baluster turnings are confidently assigned to Delaware River Valley shop traditions. The turner and joiner, makers of this chair, were quite competent; small size, successful proportions; apron design and slip seat all work in concert. The deep apron with fantastic profile joining the block and turned posts is secured by thirty-two wood pegs, eight each leg. The potty-board and the frame on which it sat…facilitating the chamber pot is long gone, all else fine and original. (Height: 43.5"; seat height: 17.5"; width: 24.75"; depth: 17.25")
1260-1 - SOLD
Windsor Fan Back Armchair, Brace Back, Carved Volutes, Knuckle Terminals
Probably Nantucket, Massachusetts (White pine seat rather than yellow poplar)
A coastal Massachusetts chair inspired by Philadelphia traditions yet having a diagonal grained white pine seat; this chair features legs that have yet to morph to the later tapering legs. (Ball-foot legs were no longer in favor) The chair wears old and thinning red paint, although attractive; not contemporary to chair. - SOLD
(H: 43.5", seat H: 17", W: 26.25", D: 21.5")
570-457 - SOLD
Windsor Fan back Side Chair, Wonderful Saddle Seat and Proportions
Likely Northern New Hampshire or Vermont, circa 1790 to 1800
A very handsome example in old paint - SOLD
(Excellent condition; H: 36.5”, seat H: 17”)
1187-5 - SOLD
Chippendale Side Chair, Pierced Splat, Cabriole Legs, Ball and Claw Feet, Shell Carved
Pennsylvania, Likely Philadelphia, Circa 1760 to 1780
Possibly original surface - SOLD
Serpentine crest rail centering carved shell on raking stiles and pierced splat; trapezoidal slip-seat within through-tenoned seat rails on frontal cabriole legs continuing to claw and ball feet and chamfered rear legs (H: 40.5”, W: 22.5”, D: 17”)
270-144 - SOLD
Large Rhode Island Sack Back Windsor Arm Chair, a True Rarity, Best of Type
Probably Providence, Circa 1780 to 1785.
A fine and important example in fine condition - SOLD
Nancy Goyne Evans discusses these rarely encountered post war chairs on pp. 248-250 of American Windsor Chairs; also in Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830, pp. 116, 118-19.
(H: 37”, seat H: 17”, W: 22”, D: 15.5”)
Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
1152-18 - SOLD
Paint Decorated Writing Arm Windsor Armchair, Original Paint and Decoration
New England, probably Massachusetts or New Hampshire
Outstanding painted freehand decoration and surface quality - SOLD
A handsome chair in original condition; the paint decorated tablet with stepped-down ends above turned, flattened and bent posts flanking seven-rods; scrolled arm and generously proportioned writing leaf above the carved seat with incised line outlining the spindle-rail. The seat is raised on bamboo-turned legs joined by box stretcher. The chair remains in superb original condition including the original painted surfaces and decoration. There is a tight shrinkage crack in writing leaf; a molded cleat was affixed to the underside during the chairs working life guaranteeing the integrity, all else fine and original. (H: 35”; writing H: 29.5”; seat H: 17”; W: 27”; D: 30.75”)
532-95 - SOLD
Windsor Continuous Arm Brace Back Armchair, Green Paint
Rhode Island, Circa 1780 - SOLD
(Excellent condition, old repaint; H: 36.5”, seat H: 16.5”, W: 21.5”, D: 20”)
1138-6 - SOLD
Matched Set of Six Painted and Stenciled Fiddle back Side Chairs, Cane Seats
Probably New England, Circa 1830 to 1850 - SOLD
Scrolling crest above Vasiform splat, turned legs, stretchers; outstanding stenciling
Avg. H: 33.25"; avg. seat H: 16.5"; avg. W: 17"; avg. D: 16.5"
127-20 - SOLD
Windsor Bow Back Armchair, Accumulated Painted Surface History
Rhode Island, Circa 1780
Displaying original surface history, mustard yellow over original green paint - SOLD
To view cognates please see American Windsor Chairs by Nancy Goyne Evans, the comparison is figure 6-18; also, Windsor Chair Making in Rhode Island by Nancy Goyne Evans, pp. 115-134, figure 9; published within Art & Industry in Early America – Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830. [Patricia Kane, Yale University Art Gallery]
(Dimensions: H: 36.25”; seat H: 17”; W: 27”; D: 15”)
492-145 - SOLD
Armchair, Ladder Back Great Chair, Robust Turning, Arched Slats, Scrolled Arms
Likely New Hampshire, 18th Century
Large and comfortable, great finials, full height - SOLD
(H: 47.75"; seat H: 18"; W: 22.25"; D: 20")
1100-4 - SOLD
Corner Chair, Roundabout, Spanish Foot
New Hampshire, 18th Century
Maple - SOLD
Stepped pillow crest continuing to flat curved arms ending in circular out-turned handholds supported by turned posts above rush seat raised on block and baluster turned legs joined by double box stretchers. The front leg is raised on a Spanish foot with others raised on turned feet. Nice old brown color.
(H: 31.5"; seat H: 18"; W: 27.75"; D: 23")
1100-5 - SOLD
Pair of Bow Back Windsor Armchairs
(See American Windsor Chairs by Nancy Goyne Evans, figs. 6-213-215). - SOLD
The heavy, square-cornered, S-curved arm supports on bow-back armchairs originated in Boston; an interpretation of the Philadelphia model (as discussed in Evans) with variation in the arm supports. The bamboo spindles of Boston chairs are also better modeled, and the bow waists are more pinched. The bow faces mimic the Philadelphia model, being crowned with a scratch bead at either edge. More typical of New England work is the flat bow face with scratch beads.
Please note that there is some variation in the subject chairs when compared to those published within American Windsor Chairs, although the two documented chairs in the book are from the same shop-William Seaver and Nathaniel (not James) Frost-one of several Boston shops active during this period. The seat shaping and the proportions of the bamboo legs vary from shop to shop.
There is only one other instance of the use of squared, S-curved arm posts in American Windsor Chairs, and that is in the Rhode Island chairs of fig. 6-16. These chairs are 20 years earlier in date, however, and they represent a short-lived independent interpretation, which probably owes more to English than to American design.
475-93 - SOLD
William and Mary Banister Back Armchair, Great Chair, Outstanding
Connecticut Shoreline, Rhode Island to Guilford Area, Circa 1750 to 1790
Displaying Exquisite Design and Masterful Craftsmanship - SOLD
The tall post finials; tight composition of crest and banister rails, downsloping carved ribbed arms, graceful turnings; robust stretcher and front post mushroom finials are spectacular. (Overall very good and tight condition, nice old color; one-inch of front legs and 3-inches of rear post, at feet, expertly ended; else fine. H: 48"; seat H: 17.5"; W: 25"; D: 15.5")
1113-1 - SOLD
Wing Chair, Chippendale, Serpentine Crest & Wings, Molded Arms, Square Legs
New England, Likely Massachusetts, 18th Century
Mahogany, maple and white pine - SOLD
A period chair, circa 1760ish; the serpentine cresting and sides on outward-scrolling arms; the frame raised on frontal Marlborough legs joined to rear raking legs by square stretchers. (Generally very good overall condition, slight loss of height; simple rails added by upholsterer between seat frame and arms. Dimensions: H: 46.5"; W: 35"; D: 24.25"; seat H: 12.5")
1108-1 - SOLD
Banister Back Armchair, Great Chair, Old Surface
Second half Eighteenth Century - SOLD
Shapely crest rail above four molded bannister splats flanked by turned stiles having ball-on-urn finals; arms with scrolled handhold above trapezoidal seat; the legs joined by double box-stretcher system; the front stretchers turned. The original feet remain intact; some imperfections to seat caning at right proper seat rail; in generally excellent condition. For similar examples see, Robert Trent's Hearts & Crowns, (New haven Colony Historical Society, 1997)
(Dimensions: 46.25" H, 16.5" seat H, 27" W, 19.75" D.)
336-122 - SOLD
Corner Chair, Roundabout, Old Black paint, Spanish Foot, Old Black Paint
18th Century - SOLD
The stepped pillow crest continuing to scrolling arms featuring out-turned handholds supported by block and baluster turned posts centering serpentine splats above rush seat raised on block and baluster-turned legs joined by turned box stretcher; the chair features a Spanish or brush type front foot with others being turned-ball feet. (Very good condition; H: 32.75", seat H: 17", W: 17.5", D: 17.5")
572-46 - SOLD
Windsor Sack Back Arm Chair, Old Black Painted Surface Over Green
Circa 1800 - SOLD
A comfortable chair featuring outwardly scrolled handholds and old black paint; the D-shape saddle seat is nicely carved and is raised on turned legs joined by medial stretcher. (H: 35"; seat H: 16.5"; W: 22"; D: 15.25")
168-9 - SOLD
William and Mary Banister Back Side Chair, Old Black Paint
This form is unique to Chelmsford - SOLD
The arched and spurred crest centered by knopped urn finals atop turned posts flanking four turned and split spindle banisters over trapezoidal seat raised on block and turned legs joined by stretchers.
(H: 45.25"; seat H: 17"; W: 19"; D: 13.75")
1022-1 - SOLD
Carved Side Chair, Portsmouth School, Pierced Splat, Slip Seat
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Late 18th Century
Birch, probably original surface - SOLD
A wonderful side-chair displaying characteristics assigned to the shop traditions of Robert Harrold or Langdon; certainly Portsmouth; medial stretcher joined to side stretchers by blind mortise and tenon, corner braces set into rails. Fine condition (H: 37.5"; seat H: 17"; W: 21"; D: 16")
410-114 - SOLD
Windsor Armchair, Sack Back, Wonderful Paint, Tall and Balanced
Understated elegance, great color and surface history - SOLD
(H: 41.5"; Seat H: 17 5/8")
191-363 - SOLD
Jacobean Side Chair, Carved, Cane Back and Seat
Late 17th Century
Beachwood, oak, mixed woods - SOLD
The openwork scrolled crest above tapering stiles centering the caned back, caned (imperfection) trapezoidal seat above turned, carved and scrolled front legs ending in ball feet; rear legs are blocked and turned. The legs are joined by block and ring turned stretcher; front legs joined by carved openwork stretcher.
Great surface, probably original; typical minor age defects
Dimensions: 48" H, 18.75" seat H, 17.75" W, 14.5" D.
240-162 - SOLD
Braced Bow-Back Windsor Armchair
Pipe-Stem Spindles...mahogany arms
Probably Rhode Island
Circa 1775-1785 - SOLD
The pipe-stem spindles are received by the double incised bow as are two spindles forming the brace back; down-sloping double-incised mahogany arms with scrolled handholds rest on baluster and ring turned supports and delicate pipe stem spindles. The well defined shaped-saddle-seat with incised gutter is raised on baluster and ring turned legs joined by robust stretchers that are bold in their swelling and tapering. The chair remains in excellent condition; surface has been cleaned to expose old green paint. (Height: 38.5"; seat height: 17.25".)
514-156 - SOLD
Heart and Crown Arm Chair
Connecticut, probably Milford or Fairfield area
Maple, ash and poplar
Circa 1720 to 1750 - SOLD
A rare and very good example of the form featuring cutout heart within the domed and pierced crest rail above four molded banisters centered by robust turned back posts and finials; a variant of the "heart and crown" tradition. The shaped arms and handholds above a turned stretcher joining front and back posts; trapezoidal seat raised on turned legs joined by double front and side turned stretchers. The chair has a rich patina and remains in fine condition having lost less than one" of height. (H: 46.25"; seat H: 16 3/8"; W at widest point is 24 3/8") See Connecticut Furniture of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Wadsworth Athenaeum, 1967; plates 211 and 212 for nearly identical examples.
178-1 - SOLD
Queen Anne Side Chair
Essex County, Massachusetts
Maple - SOLD
The carved yoke top rail joined by plain tapered spooned-stiles centering the graceful spooned splat and incised lower rail; trapezoidal seat with corner blocks above vigorously turned legs ending in shapely turned pad feet. The legs are joined by turned box stretcher; exuberant ball and ring front stretcher that is complimented by pronounced side and rear stretchers; side stretchers with central groves, ridges and tapered ends. The rear stretcher swells at center and is incised. The chair is in a nice old, possibly original surface. (Height: 40.75"; seat height: 17.5"; width: 18.75"; depth: 15".)
197-15 - SOLD
Pair of Windsor Bow Back Side Chairs
In Later Green Paint
Circa 1800 - SOLD
Nine tapered and swelling spindles within incised bow above the shield shaped seat, raised on bamboo turned legs joined by "H" stretcher. The chairs are full height.
Dimensions: height to back- 37.875"; seat- 17.75" tall, 17.5" wide and 15" deep.
223-13 - SOLD
Banister Back Armchair, William and Mary, Deeply Carved Crest Rail
Probably New Bedford, Massachusetts
Circa 1750 - SOLD
An arm and bottom front stretcher is replaces, other minor imperfections reflected in price.
Dimensions: 48.75" H, 18" seat H, 23.75" W, 20.25" D.
843-168 - SOLD
Windsor Bow Back, Sack Back Armchair, Old Painted Surface
Circa 1800 to 1810 - SOLD
A commodious chair with beautifully carved seat and wonderful surface, remaining at full height. (H: 37.5"; seat H: 17")
556-59 - SOLD
Windsor Side Chair, Fan Back, Old Dry Reddish Brown Surface
Attributed to James Chapman Tuttle
Circa 1795 to 1802
Branded under seat with owner's initials "JDN" - SOLD
The shaped crest with ears above eight turned spindles flanked by turned posts a saddle seat, on ring, reel, and baluster-turned legs joined by H-stretcher; all in the stylistic tradition of the Tuttle shop.
For nearly identical documented Tuttle Windsor chairs see Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs, pp 366 and 367, fig. 6-219. Tuttle first advertised Windsor chairs in 1796. According to Evans, his chairs are the only Windsor chairs identified as being of Salem origin. Excellent condition, good surface; H: 36.5"; seat H: 17.5"; W: 17"; D: 17".
431-62 - SOLD
Rocking Chair, Windsor, Original Paint Decoration and painted Rush Seat
Delicate bamboo turnings, painted rush seat, berry and foliate decoration - SOLD
(H: 32"; seat H: 13.25"; W: 19.25"; D: 28.75")
270-97 - SOLD
Windsor Sack Back Armchair, Good Form and Color, Comfortable
Massachusetts or Connecticut
Circa 1780 to 1790 - SOLD
Robust turnings, shaped seat, tight and functional, good surface
Excellent condition (H: 37.25"; seat H: 18"; W: 20.25"; D: 15.75")
336-109 - SOLD
William and Mary Banister Back Side Chair
18th Century - SOLD
The arched and spurred crest centered by knopped urn finals atop the turned posts flanking four turned and split spindle banisters over trapezoidal seat with front corner blocks raised on block and turned legs joined by stretchers.
Dimensions: 46" H, 16.75" seat H, 19.5" W, 14" D.
107-122 - SOLD
Queen Anne Side Chairs, Assembled Pair, Carved Yoke, Spanish Feet
18th Century - SOLD
A lot of two closely related chairs in old surface featuring carved yoke crests above spooned vasiform splat above molded stay-rail; rear posts are molded and taper at top-rail. The trapezoidal seats with corner-blocks above baluster turned and blocked front legs raised on brush feet; back posts and legs tapered and back-swept; the legs joined by turned stretchers. The rush seats are restored and functional. (Dimensions: 41.75" H; 18" seat H; 18.5" W; 14.5" D.)
424-97 - SOLD
Chairs, Banister Back, Set of Four
C. 1730. - SOLD
Descended in one family, and picked from the estate by the current owners. Arm chair 47.25" Tall with 16.25" seat; Side Chairs 46" tall with 17.5" seats. Still sturdy.
977-25 - SOLD
Rocking Chair, Hoop Skirt, Original Paint
Circa 1780 to 1830 - SOLD
Four arched splats centered by robust sausage, ring, and compressed ball turned posts; the tall finals are original. The out-swept arms with carved scrolled handholds rest on turned support that pierces seat rail, tapers and is let-into barrel turning of upper-side-stretcher. The trapezoidal seat retains original splint and is raised on turned legs joined by stretcher system.
This example, always a rocker, remains in a high state of originality including rockers; one arm-support is an early working period carved "make-do".
(Height: 41.5"; seat height: 14.5"; width: 24.5"; depth: 25.5".)
940-1 - SOLD
Armchair, Ladder Back
Mid 18th Century
Maple - SOLD
This chair having three arched slats, robustly turned front and back posts, and finials; down swept carved arms above trapezoidal seat...the legs joined by turned box stretcher system, the front stretchers are sausage turned. Old surface. (Height: 43.25"; seat height: 16.5"; width: 25.5"; depth: 17".)
637-62 - SOLD
Square-Back Windsor Side-Chairs
With Decorated Medallions...in old surface
Circa 1820 - SOLD
As depicted, the top rail above crest-medallion ornamented with painted shield and leafy sprays; as is often encountered with duck-bill backs, the employment of false mitered corners where crest rail meets back post. Seven turned and tapered spindles above shield-shaped seat raised on incised legs joined by box stretcher. Wonderful dry painted surface. (Height: 33.5"; seat height: 18"; width: 16.75"; depth: 16.25".)
637-67 - SOLD
Ladder-Back Armchair...in great red paint
Maple and ash - SOLD
As depicted, four shaped splats centered by turned and incised rear posts retaining original finials. The front posts with large handholds, and rear posts are similarly turned and incised and are joined by robust arms and double stretcher arrangement. The trapezoidal seat is woven ash-splint and may be original. Lovely crusty 19th century red paint over darker paint; great surface and patina.
The rear legs are ended-out with 3.75" being pieces; front legs are ended-out with 2.5" being pieced.
Height: 44"; seat height: 17"; width: 23.5"; depth: 15.5".
629-4 - SOLD
Pair Of Windsor Fan-Back
Circa 1800 - SOLD
Arched crest with upswept ears above seven spindles flanked by tapered bamboo turned stiles above saddle shaped seat raised on splayed turned legs joined by turned H-form stretcher. Old black paint. (Height: 36"; seat height: 16.5"; width: 16.25"; depth: 15.5".)
731-39 - SOLD
Sheraton Fancy Chairs, Curly Maple, Set of Seven
American Country Formal
Circa 1840 to 1850 - SOLD
A set of seven fancy chairs constructed of curly and birds eye maple that were made during the first half of the 19th century; possibly Connecticut. Each side chair in the Hitchcock (or local competing shop) style; the bolster top rails joined to back-swept stiles with rolled ears. Centering the stiles are scrolled splats above plain splats. The trapezoidal woven rush seats with corner blocks feature turned and split front rail molding and conforming flat side and back moldings. The seats are raised on cylindrical turned and splayed legs joined by stretches...the front stretches being ambitiously turned. This set of chairs is functional and ready for family use. (Height: 34.25"; seat height: 18.5"; width: 17.75"; depth: 15.75".)
793-1 - SOLD
Set Of Six Windsor Side Chairs
With maker's stencil...
Circa 1844-1855 - SOLD
The stenciled name and address on each seat bottom-Walter Corey Manufacture-Nos. 52 and 54 Exchange Street-Portland, ME. assigns the period of manufacture to the 1844-1855 period. During the 1840's the loaf shaped tablet was a popular Corey shop tradition. Standard decoration includes bunches of grapes, detailed leaves and tendrils; by graining, stenciling and trimming in paint...this matched set of five with one closely related chair having the same stencil is decorated as described above. The decorated tablet above turned posts centering four tapering spindles above the shaped plank seat with a half-round piece of wood attached to the front underside of seat producing a full roll. The seat is raised on turned legs that are stylistically within the Corey shop tradition ending in ball feet that are joined by the turned box stretchers. The chairs are functional; some imperfections. (Height: 32.5"; seat height: 17.5"; width: 15.75"; depth: 14.5".)
547-1 - SOLD