Pair of Diminutive Upholstered Armchairs,
Out-splayed Arms, Outstanding Turnings, Full Height,
Unknown Maker, Likely English or Continental, Early 18th Century
Upon examining the frame, we learned that these started life as back-stools, the canted backs were extended, and the arms added. (The pair will need to be reupholstered; bases are without compromise; 30 x 42"; seat height w/o cushion: 18". Please call for details.)
A comfortable chair having a rectangular canted back featuring an arched (serpentine) crest rail; the back joined to out-curve shaped arms with carved volute handholds resting on shaped and beaded serpentine supports. The trapezoidal upholstered seat raised on beaded straight legs, the inside edges chamfered, the rear legs backswept; all joined by recessed box stretcher. The front legs show an extremely fine scribe; it appears that less than two" were removed, possibly for castors which were removed and possibly the original pieces reunited early in the chairs life. The chair has an exceptional surface and patina. (Dimensions: 42" H, 15.5" seat H, 24" W, 22" D.)
410-97 - SOLD
18th Century Wing Chair, Serpentine Crest & Wings, Coastal New Hampshire Date/Period: 1790-1800 - SOLD
Material: Birch, maple, and white pine, girth webbing, coarse sackcloth
Condition: As depicted, good “bones”, retains original webbing, and sackcloth
Additional Information: Coastal New Hampshire as evidenced by selection of woods
and the original girth webbing displaying Cyrillic alphabet lettering. Russian burlap/jute
webbing tape was imported to Portsmouth during this period and has been discovered
under upholstery of chairs made in the region. The canted back featuring serpentine
crest and wings continuing to outward scrolling arms above trapezoidal seat raised on
square slightly tapering legs on brass casters. Fabric has been removed exposing
original coarsely woven sackcloth, webbing, and the untouched frame.
Material: Mahogany, birch, and northeaster white pine secondary woods
Condition: Fine Condition, recent upholstery, pictures of frame available
Additional Information: Cornelius Briggs cabinet maker, worked at 578 Washington
Street, Boston; lived at 2 Temple Place. This sofa is certainly exuberant, even lively.
The maker successfully combined a vocabulary of decorative elements. This
composition is closely related to a Sofa attributed to Isaac Vose and Son of Boston, see
figure 1, Rather Elegant Than Showy / The Classical Furniture of Isaac Vose by Robert
Mussey Jr. & Clark Pearce. Our sofa displays striking additional ornamentation such as
the robustly gadrooned front rail and the similarly gadrooned and scrolled back rail
featuring a cornucopia of fruits, exceptional carved legs, and feet.
With its perfect proportions it could easily be mistaken for a full-size chair.
Arched crest rail, curved wings, armrests on conical supports continuing to seat; cabriole front legs with double returns resting on large pad feet, rear legs are backswept and chamfered; legs are joined by block and turned stretcher system. We have pictures pre-upholstery showing the frame. Reasonable upholstery services available.
The ex-owner of this remarkable group of chairs assembled them during a 30-year period; they are all stylistically inspired by the same shop traditions. The yoke back and shaped stiles centered by vasiform splat received by the molded lower-splat shoe above trapezoidal slip seats. The front legs are of cabriole form with turned pad feet while the raking rear legs are turned and block/square with nicely molded edges. One upholstered seat frame is new with all others being original to individual chair; each chair is of similar color and surface patina; obviously with slight differences that are not noticed when circling the table. Each chair measures 40" in height; seat heights: 17"; front width: 19.75".
This transitional hair features a Chippendale serpentine crest above an 'owl' shaped splat with carved volutes; over-upholstered trapezoidal seat, cabriole legs joined by block-and-turned stretchers, terminating in pad feet.
Dimensions: H: 37.25"; seat H: 17"; W: 22"; D: 18".
The carved yoke shaped crest over solid vasiform splat of successful design centered by the incurvate stiles above the trapezoidal slip-seat within molded frame; front rail with matching half-round drops. The chairs are raised on cabriole legs with slipper-feet. Excellent condition with one chair having a small expertly executed splice at junction of stile and top-rail. (Height: 40.5"; seat height: 18.5"; width: 21.5"; depth: 21.5".)
Considering the Chippendale style serpentine crest rail, this is a relatively early example of a Sheraton easy chair. The tall and slender form is quite desirable; almost a ladies chair. The narrow verticality is accentuated by extremely refined, and tall, delicately turned, tapering birch legs. The castors are original, a very nice feature. The already successful lines will be greatly improved by a competent upholster. (Height: 49"; seat height: 17"; width: 32.5"; depth: 32".)
A North Shore sofa with arched upholstered back joined by flanking down-curved padded arm rests continuing to downward-sloping reeded and scrolled arm support-handholds supported by ring-turned and fluted baluster above fielded rectangular panels; the padded arms enclosing the bench seat over tapering ring-turned reeded legs with ringed cuffs. The front with four similar legs; the rear with two backswept saber legs. Minor lower secondary frame imperfections noted; long ago, a pair of braces were added to the curly-maple frame between front and rear rails; also, originally made with four rear legs. An attractive and functional piece.
(Length: 73.5"; height: 34"; depth: 24".)
The carved, pierced, and molded back above trapezoidal slip-seat raised on cabriole legs with ball and claw feet; the rear legs back swept and molded...unusual shaped and molded stretcher configuration. Minor imperfections and losses.
Dimensions: 37.25" overall height, 16" seat height, 21.25" wide, 17" deep.
This carved mahogany side chair with a serpentine crest ending in molded scrolled terminals above the openwork pierced scroll owl splat; above the over-upholstered trapezoidal seat frame; on frontal square beaded legs joined to the chamfered rear legs by square H-stretcher. The chairs have good rich color and are in fine condition. (Height: 37.5"; Seat Height: 17.5"; Width: 21.5"; Depth: 18".)
Carved and shaped crest continuing to out-scrolled arms on turned supports flanking vasiform splats received by molded shoes above compass shaped seat raised on frontal cabriole leg...other legs turned with pad feet; legs joined by turned and blocked cross-stretcher. Overall condition is very good, slip seat frame and some returns replaced; minor foot imperfections. (Height: 30.5"; width: 29.25"; depth: 26".)
The yoke crest above vasiform splat...carved arms with ram's horn handholds on turned arm supports; trapezoidal seat raised on block and vase turned front legs; the rear posts/legs are backswept; legs joined by robustly turned stretchers. Old mahoganized surface with nice color and patina. The chair has been reduced in height...small section of carved brush foot remains as depicted. Tiny initials "LW" carved in each arm early in the chairs life.
(Height: 40"; seat height: 17"; width: 23.75"; depth: 20".)
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
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