Child's Armchair, Bergen County, New Jersey
Circa 1780 to 1800
Maple and ash, dry surface - SOLD
A scarcely encountered little armchair featuring classic Bergen County finials atop the rear posts centering three slightly arched slats above the trapezoidal seat. The front and rear posts are joined by stretchers, and are without ornamentation save for the ball-feet and handholds on front posts. (Height: 25.75"; Seat height: 7.75"; height at handholds: 14.75".)
Condition: Very good, very old soft ivory-yellow paint over previous layers of paint.
Additional Information: Bowed crest rail pierced by seven spindles that continue to
medial rail ending in flat out-scrolled hand grips supported by bamboo-turned posts
above shaped saddle seat having an incised gutter, raised on bamboo-turned legs
joined by similarly turned H-form stretcher. Excellent functional condition; generously
A diminutive roundabout chair, the curved crest rail with stepped pillow continuing to
scroll arms featuring well-formed out-turned handhold raised on baluster turned posts
joining seat rail continuing to feet; the legs joined by double box stretcher. The rush seat
is very, very old if not original. The chair displaying original thinning red was long ago
over-painted in black…the black pigment is nearly/completes worn to red. As
encountered with most children’s chair some loss of height.
(Height: 20.5"; seat height: 10"; width: 22"; depth: 18")
This compact and robust profile following the pattern of an adult’s chair…scaled for a
child speaks to NYC shop traditions; possibly by Walter MacBride (Active 1792-1797;
still managing a chair shop in 1803, although primarily operating a hauling business) or
Thomas Ash I and William Ash I. This little gem displays typical New York bow ends,
they taper then flair forming square terminals (flattened bow face); this example displays
the distinctive tenon securing the bow within the arm rail mortice. Old black paint, very
good surface; minor imperfections consistent with age and use. (Height: 23.5"; seat
height: 10.5"; width: 17.25"; depth: 10.25")
The arched, carved and pierced backsplash above a pair of short glove drawers having carved wood pulls; drawers centered by projecting incised and scrolled frontal moldings; fielded panel sides similarly molded. The lower section displays a slightly projecting top and contains three working drawers flanked by carved, incised and scrolled moldings continuing to similarly treated scrolled feet joined by shaped apron; back feet also carved. At the top of case (center of splash), and at top center and outside corners of lower-case are applied carved quarter and half-round ornaments. The case and drawer fronts are faux grained, all else stained; superb surface. Excellent original condition; two light scratches on side of case, else fine. (H: 27.5"; W: 15"; D: 10.5")
Original surface history, finials and handholds. Notice the flattened front posts and loss of height cased by generations of children using it as a "walker" as they learned to walk! The chair measures 25" in overall height (7.5" in height to the seat), 14" in width and 11" in depth.
The slant lid with mitered, lapped and pegged battens rests on loppers and opens to a fitted interior featuring six-cubbies having outstanding lobed valances and shaped dividers over four drawers retaining original brass pulls. The interior writing surface has a sliding deck section that opens to a storage compartment.
The lower section has two graduated drawers with overhanging thumb-molded edges and original brasses. The whole raised on a tall and robust applied bracket base. The surface with traces of thin red is very old and has a rich patina; (1758) in the backboards. (W: 29" D: 16"; H: 38" with a writing surface height of 28.25")
With unusual lollipop finial above the slightly domed and back-swept backboard; the winged sides are outwardly flared. The seat is fitted with a removable seat board above the analogous seat board which is fitted for the chamber pot.
Dimensions: 28" overall height, 7.5" seat height, 11.75" wide, 10.5" deep.
Side-by-side glove drawers surmounted by scrolled backboard above a projecting case of three long drawers raised on carved octagonal feet; feet swell and taper and are analogous extensions of the stiles. The drawers are dovetailed with drawer fronts being painted and having turned wooden knobs; case in a red resin stain. Secondary wood on lower drawer restored, otherwise all else fine and original. (Height: 23.5"; width: 21.75"; depth: 12.5".)
As depicted, exuberantly molded pediment above a pair of molded glazed doors; the slant lid opens to reveal the interior fitted with six drawers and scrolled dividers above the projecting and shaped front. The lower case with side handles contains three long drawers and is raised on conforming bracket base. Nicely figured veneers, banding, and inlays compliment this piece. This lovely piece has been expertly restored and measures 45.25" in overall height, 20.25" wide, 11" deep, with a 17" writing height.
This chair, a successfully turned and joined small scale version of an adult's chair, remains in excellent original condition; the seat is not period and the red surface is tinning with all else fine. (Height: 24"; seat height: 8.25".)
This rarely encountered matched pair features classic Bergen County finals above three shaped slats; trapezoidal seats in old natural rush raised on plain-turned legs ending in ball feet that are joined by stretchers. (Height: 30.5"; seat height: 12.5".)
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