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.' 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.
Date: 18th Century
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
Reference: See; Nan Wolverton, American Indian Baskets Made in New England, Antiques Magazine, January 2004 for a discussion of Native woven splint seat bottoms.
Provenance: 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
Under Consideration, Please inquire