This is a superb pair of quality 18th century American Chippendale mahogany side chairs from the historic Murray Family of New York City. Each with a shaped crest rail centering a carved shell above a pierced ''diamond'' carved and pierced splat. The trapezoidal slip seat is above the gadrooned seat rail, with the whole supported on a cabriole legs with shell carved knees and claw and ball feet. Primary Wood: Mahogany Secondary Wood: Oak, Pine Height: 38 in., seat 17 3/4 in. Width 20 1/4 in. - Depth 16 3/4 in. Reference: These chairs are shown in a nineteenth century print of Mrs. Mary Lindley Murray entertaining General Howe while the American army under General Israel Putnam escaped from Manhattan. For more details about the historical description, see Charles Monaghan, The Murrays of Murray Hill, pages 66-69. Provenance: Robert Murray (1721-1786) and Mary (Lindley Murray) (d.1780), New York City; John Murray (1758-1819), their son; Robert I. Murray (1786-1858), son; Caroline (Murray) Ferris (1813-1852), daughter; Robert M. Ferris (d. 1905), son; Caroline Murray (Ferris) Neave, daughter. These superb chairs are in very good condition, in an excellent state of preservation, retaining their original slip seats, and an excellent old patina. ** Equinox Antiques & Fine Art is always interested in purchasing inventory of this outstanding quality, please contact gallery at 802-362-3540.