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Pair of Painted, “Fancy Chairs”


Massachusetts, probably coastal region
Ca. 1800-1810
Birch and maple, paint decorated, rush seats
Condition: Exceptional untouched condition, original paint decorated surface and varnish finish, original rush seats.
Provenance: Private collection, Biddeford, Maine.
This rare pair of “Fancy Chairs” have survived in a remarkable state of preservation. Having shaped crests above carved vertical splats, the central backsplat with an urn form motif, flanked by arched stiles above woven rush seats. The molded-edge seat frames are supported with tapered turned legs with side stretchers, the central with a flat face. The chairs are decorated with paint and gilt influenced by the neo-classical style. A similar example is illustrated in American Painted Furniture 1660-1880, by Dean FAles, Jr. and Robert Bishop, p. 146, plate 238.

Dimensions: 34 1/4" h., 18" h. (seat), 18 1/2" w. (seat), 15 1/2" d.

Item ID: F-SF-CH 234

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