Near Pair of Roundabout Chairs by a Single Maker in Same Shop, Original Surface

New England, Circa 1775-1800

Near Pair of Roundabout Chairs by a Single Maker in Same Shop, Original Surface, Image 1

The carved pillow [cushion]-crests on flat arms terminating with robust out-scrolled [spurred] handholds having notched returns are raised on ring turned tapered posts centering solid vasiform splats set in bold molded shoes; square slip-seats over deep skirt-profile concealing close stool, one chair remains fitted for a pot. The frontal cabriole legs feature volute scrolled knee returns and relief carved molding conforming to upper profile; rear legs are bottle/vasiform and reel form. Both chairs retain nearly 100% of first brown paint displaying a good patina. One chair is a tad taller (full height), otherwise they display the same shop traditions and were likely made from the same templates.

Date: C. 1775-1800

Measurement: One chair measures 32.5" at pillow... the other 30 5/8" measured at pillow; chairs are both full height with seat height being 16.5".

Material: Maple

Condition: Excellent condition

Reference: Chair with potty seat is illustrated in Albert Sack's the New Fine Points of Furniture, as "Better," page 64.

Provenance: Ex Collection of Miriam and Arthur Spector; Example with potty seat: Ex Wayne Pratt, Inc. and Ex Israel Sack. The other example: Ex H.L. Chalfant.


SKU: 270-152

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