American Bowback Windsor Antique Side Chair, Pennsylvania c. 1800(205 views)
AMERICAN BOWBACK WINDSOR SIDE CHAIR, PENNSYLVANIA
Probably Philadelphia or surrounding counties, c. 1800
Item # 502RZX14
A very well preserved piece of early 19th century material culture, this fine American Bowback Windsor side chair originates from Pennsylvania during the first years of the century, probably the outskirts of Philadelphia c. 1800-10. Retaining an old crusty surface in the less exposed portions of the chair, under the legs and stretchers, beneath the seat and tucked inside the scratched beading of the crest rail, the piece remains in as nearly original of a state as is likely to survive. The shield form seat is carved out and shaped for comfort, the crest rail tenoned through the edges of the seat on either side around the long tapered spindles that drop in shallow wells in the seat, all of this surrounded by a shallow channel etched around the back of the seat. We have not had the woods microanalyzed, but the crest rail appears to be ash, the spindles ash or hickory, the seat a wonderful worn solid plank of yellow pine, the legs and stretchers turned from soft maple. The legs tenon through the seat and are affixed with a split wedge tenon. The legs are turned in a manner rather specific to Philadelphia and the outlying counties, each in a bamboo-style of turning with a double baluster turning along the medial stretcher and each leg, the side stretchers with a single swollen baluster. This form of chair is extensively documented in this region, see reference notes below. For the serious collector of American furnishings, this is a wonderful acquisition that can be actively enjoyed in the home.
Traces of very early and possibly original painted finish, specifically on undersides of stretchers, underside of seat, inside scratch beading of bowback and along legs. We have had the legs tightened prior to cataloging. Extensive surface wear and abrading throughout. Old cracks in crest rail. The back of the crest rail appears to retain the original iron brads securing the spindles to the crest rail.
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Dimensions: 20 1/2" W x 17 1/2" D x 37 3/16" H; 17" H to seat
Three Hundred Years of American Seating Furniture, Kane, p. 211-13, f. 195, f. 196
American Windsor Chairs, Goyne, p. 127-31 The Windsor Style in America, Vol. I & II, Santore, p. 126-29
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