CONSTRUCTION: The slats and arms were rived, an unusual procedure for walnut (see also the clothes press in Criss Cross, Acc. 2024.1). Evidence of the turner’s gouge remains on many surfaces, and the rived faces of the slats are quite apparent. This chair shows a good deal less finish than comparable northern examples of this period.
STYLE: This chair differs from New England work in that it lacks the usual decorative round below the arms, and the heavy ring turnings of the back posts were not repeated between the arms and the seat-rail. The arms are bolder in concept, and the upper turnings of the front posts seem almost Mannerist in form, having a distinctly seventeenth-century appearance.
WOODS: Walnut with undetermined base rounds.