Lot 232: SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SHIELD-BACK SIDE CHAIR, CARVED BY SAMUEL MCINTIRE.
October 25, 2016
Portsmouth, NH, USALive Auction
Description: The molded shield back centering an urn carved with a border of upright laurel or olive leaves, set on a pedestal with everted leaftip rim and issuing waterleaves and wheat stalks, the crest rail carved at each corner with a flower suspending drapery swags over a medallion in the center of the urn, all within curved splats ending in waterleaves, the base of the shield carved with a rayed sunburst of laurel or olive leaves, the over-upholstered seat raised on square tapered legs.Provenance: The Collection of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York.Literature: An identical chair is discussed and illustrated in Dean A. Fales, Jr., "Essex County Furniture: Documented Treasures from Local Collections 1660-1860," cat. n. 61.