CONSTRUCTION: The combined traditions of joiner and post-and-round chairmaker are demonstrated in the turned finials and feet of the front legs and also in the use of separate seat lists like those of a ladderback chair but here placed within the seat frame. The construction of the chairs reminds us of the Moravian stretcher base chairs in the Old Salem collection. The maker was possibly German. The rear protruding side rails are unique.
STYLE: A Backcountry blend of national styles is amply evident in this walnut chair. The crest and base–except for the extra stretchers at the sides–reflect Chinese modes of the fifteenth century; the splat is a derivation of an early-eighteenth century British design that also had roots in the Orient.
WOODS: Walnut with split oak seat.