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Child’s Chair

Place Made:
Rockingham County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1770-1800
Medium:
white oak, hickory and/or ash
Dimensions:
HOA: 20 3/4; WOA: 14; DOA: 13
Accession Number:
950.14
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Child’s arm chai: Has a two-slat back with simple turned finials terminating at the back posts and arm ends; arms protrude beyond the front posts, which are decorated under the arm with a vase turning; split seat.

STYLE: This chair has simple vasiform turnings under the arms. Note how the arms pass over the front posts, a feature we associate with Southern chairs of this and earlier periods.

WOODS: woods have not been tested; various opinions have been given including white oak, and hickory.

History:
Re-attribution from North Carolina to the Valley of Virginia is based on the history of another similar child’s chair that descended in the Sellers family of Rockingham County, Virginia.

PROVENANCE: Purchase by a dealer from a North Carolina household in the mid-1950s.

Credit Line:
Purchase Fund