Fine American New England Chippendale Period Upholstered Arm Chair, Mahogany
Probably Massachusetts circa 1765-75
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This is a remarkable chair, having a softly serpentine crest over a slightly backswept upholstered back. The stiles are full length of mahogany, stretching from the crest through the feet to create an incredibly strong frame, the legs being square, canted with chamfered interior corners. Both upholstered arms have a soft serpentine, curving outwards before joining the molded mahogany arm supports, flanking an upholstered seat stuffed over the square frame. Mahogany square legs are stretched with a box stretcher, the center bar tenoned into the side stretchers. The old finish is worn and full of character, a deep wonderful patina glowing through the legs and stretcher. We have not removed the upholstery from the frame to examine the secondary woods beneath.
This is a gorgeous chair for anyone with a passion for the Chippendale Period, practical and functional with incredible strength in joints and broad comfortable proportions. These chairs are quite hard to find, and in this simply outstanding condition is particularly special. As a predecessor to the later Federal Period Lolling Chair, you can see the evolution from one period to the next, where eventually the legs would taper and backs gain height. It is a restrained design from the upholstered back chairs of Thomas Chippendale's book with a distinct American taste. This is a much sought after acquisition for serious collectors and 18th Century American enthusiasts. It will be treasured in your family for generations to come.
26" wide x 24 3/4" deep x 43 1/4" high; seat is 15" over ground
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