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A Spindle Back Stenciled Cottage Side Chair C. 1860-1875
A Spindle Back Cottage Side Chair with a stenciled crest rail. The crest rail is slightly concave, about 3 inches wide, with the upper edge a continuous flat curve. The lower edge is scroll arched. The ends of the rail extend beyond the vase and ring turned back uprights. Between this rail and a conforming cross slat are four vase, knob and ring turned spindles.
• The crest rail is stenciled with gold floral and leaf forms on a black ground. The black ground is rimmed with mustard.
• The cane seat is a simplified shield shape. The cane is in good condition for its age.
• The front legs are tapered, cylinder, knob and ring turned.
• The rear legs are a continuation of the rear stiles, plain turned, tapered and flaired.
• The rear stiles are vase, knob and ring turned, with olive-green bands rimmed by mustard on each side.
• The front stretcher is vase and ring turned, with an olive green band ringed by mustard.
• The double side stretchers and single rear stretcher are plain.
• The crest rail height is 33” from the floor.
• The seat sits 17 1/2” from the floor.
• The seat is 15 1/2” wide at the front, tapering down to 12 ½” at the rear.
• The seat depth is 15”.
• The chair weight is 7 pounds.
A drawing of this type of chair may be found on P. 74 of Thomas Ormsbee’s book entitled “A Field Guide to American Victorian Furniture”.
This chair is in as found condition. The surface patina is nicked, worn and flaked, as expected in a chair approaching 153 years of age. The chair joints are not really loose but somewhat fragile. The chair rocks slightly under weight; this would not be a good chair for heavy use. This style of chair is dainty and meant more for display. There is a vintage repair to some cracks on the rear right leg and some vintage repairs to the rear seat stile.
This chair may be picked up in Boylston, MA.
We can arrange for delivery within 100 miles
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All items are sold "as is". These are antique pieces of furniture; small nicks and scratches are part of the beauty of an antique and are not described unless significant.
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