18th Century American Chippendale Period Side Chair, circa 1760-90 from the Southern States.
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The crest rail is scooped in the center, curving upwards into pointed ears with small wooden pegs at the center of each. The stiles are carved carefully, tenoned and pinned at the crest ears, flat along the front and curved along the back into the frame, where the stiles square and sweep backwards. These flank a thick pierced splat of very unique vasiform design, tenoned at the top and locking into the shoe at the bottom of the frame. Unique to Southern State chairs, the shoe is a solid piece of the back of the chair frame - in Northern States and much of England, chairs were often crafted with a shoe that sits on top of the back of the chair frame, making this a significant part of the design. The seat frame is trapezoidal, a geometrical upholstered slip seat dropping smoothly into the space, the rim around the frame molded carefully. Each corner is pegged, with these piercing into the inside of the frame and visible from beneath, crafted so flawlessly that no interior blocking has ever been used to secure the frame. Straight molded front legs have a Box-form stretcher locking each together, pinned at the corners with tiny wooden pegs. A deep patina covers every square inch of the solid cherry.
This is a simply incredible Southern Chippendale Chair, an outstanding find for collector and decorator alike. Preserved in original condition in nearly every detail (exception with the finish and upholstery), this fine work of American craftsmanship will be treasured in your home for generations to come.
19" wide at front corners, 35 1/2" high to crest, 18 1/2" deep approximately; 15 1/2" high to seat (petite).
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