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Place Made:
Southside Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
maple –white oak
HOA: 37 1/2; WOA: 21 1/2; DOA: 18
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Armchair, the back divided into three horizontal sections which are decorated by vertical turned spindles; five on top section, four on each of the two bottom sections; the space between the upper and lower arm supports are similarly decorated; upper arm extends over the front post; front posts terminate at the lower end with ball feet and at the upper end with a vase turning; back posts turned from the seat upward.

STYLE: This chair is one of a number of associated chairs from the area of Mecklenberg County. The form of its back (four rails interspersed with turned spindles) reveals evidence of French styles in the Chesapeake South. Its vasiform post turnings and finials, however, are related to early chairs made in eastern Connecticut (RAES).

TERMS: The names “Carver” and “Brewster” are applied to these chairs after early association with familes of that name in New England. These two types of chairs are similar, but the latter has turnings, set upright, below the seat.

WOODS: maple, with rungs of white oak (BLR).

This chair was acquired in the mid 20th century by Frank L. Horton from Mrs. Ruth (King) Northington of Lacrosse, who had acquired it locally in Meckleburg County, Virginia.
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton