Lot 279: ****RARE UPHOLSTERED GREAT CHAIR.
January 3, 2014
Delaware, OH, USALive Auction
****RARE UPHOLSTERED GREAT CHAIR.
New York, late 17th-early 18th century, maple, gumwood, and oak. Arched back, baluster arm supports, turned legs, and molded stretchers. Retains its original leather upholstery on the back, and an older finish. 24"h. seat, 48"h. overall. Ex Abraham and May (Massachusetts); purchased by them at a Hudson Valley farm sale in the 1940s.
Of French design and in the Louis XIII taste, this chair was likely produced by an immigrant French Huguenot craftsman in the late 17th or early 18th century in New York's Hudson River Valley.
Rear legs ended out, on braces added to the underside of the seat frame some insect damage.
NOTE: Two wood samples from this chair were microscopically tested by Harry Alden and have been identified as beech. North American and European beech cannot be micrscopally differentiated. Therefore, this chair could be North American, but is more likely European.
Many thanks to Lauren Brincat, a student in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, for her assistance in the research for this lot.
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