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Place Made:
Tidewater Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
cherry –hickory –white oak
HOA: 43; WOA: 25
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Banister back armchair, with heavy turned front and back posts. The back is supported by three cross-members which support six turned banisters. The top cross-member features six acorn-turned finials in smaller scale than the finials on the backposts. The arms curve over the front posts and the legs are connected by two front, two side, and one back turned stretchers. The seat is worked in an unusual fashion of tying each strand at the seat rail.

STYLE: Craftsmen emigrated to the American South from Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Germany and other European countries. They brought the training and regional styles of their homelands with them. When John Carr of Cecil County, Maryland, died in 1676 the inventory of his estate recorded “6 turn’d dutch chairs” with a value of 360 pounds of tobacco. This exuberantly turned chair with its six decorative acorn finials shows the influence of continental design on English Virginia.

This chair was discovered near the town of Afton in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Credit Line:
Purchase Fund