American Fan Back Windsor Side Chair, Walter Steely
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, circa 1925-75
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Walter Steely (b. 1897-1977) lived and crafted his beautiful creations in Lititz, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. The serpentine crest rail terminates in turned volutes, supported with two sharply ring- rod-turned maple back rails flanking seven turned tapered spindles, each locking into the crest with every other spindle pegged with small through-pins. The saddle seat is a single solid board scooped seat, hand carved around the entire rim and fluted around the spindles. All four legs tenon through the seat, using split-wedge joinery to lock these legs flawlessly in place. The legs are turned Philadelphia-style, with incredible sharp rings spun in beautiful maple rods, perfectly splayed in exact proportion to the chair and stretched with an H form bulbed stretcher. The back of the seat is initialed W.S., Walter Steely's signature way of identifying pieces.
This is simply one of the most beautiful fanback chairs we've seen of his. With a glowing rubbed finish, hand carvings throughout the entire chair and strength in every joint, this is a collector quality investment grade windsor signed by the artist. It is an outstanding find for any collector of Walter Steely chairs, as there is quite a following for his pieces in particular, but also for any collector of windsor chairs with period construction detail and design.
21" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 37 1/2" high to crest; 18 1/2" high to seat.
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