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Side Chair

Artist/Maker:
Allen, James __Possibly by
Place Made:
Fredericksburg Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1765-1775
Medium:
walnut –yellow pine –cherry
Dimensions:
HOA: 31-1/2″; WOA: 22-1/4″; DOA: 20-1/4″
Accession Number:
5508
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Walnut side chair with removable seat; having a pierced splat and a solid horizontal center which divides the vertical piercings; the upper portion of the splat fans outward and joins the crest rail; the lower portion of the splat fans outward slightly and joins the seat; the crest rail has ears; having molded rear posts and chamfered legs; the front legs have quarter-round molding running the vertical outer-edge of leg; chair retains one original glue block, which is a vertical-grained, quarter-round, two-piece block; the quarter-round molding runs along the bottom of the seat rails and along the tops and bottoms of the side and rear stretchers; the medial stretcher is a replacement and lacks the decorative quarter-round molding; upholstery has been removed from seat.
History:
Purchased in 1976 from Robert Ray, Cavalier Antiques, Alexandria, Virginia.

Ray said he purchased the chair at auction, south of Fredricksburg, Virginia, just a few days before selling it to the donor. Ray said that he handled 3-4 of these chairs over 30 years, and they all came from the same general location in Virginia.

Credit Line:
Gift from Bob and Norma Noe, Lancaster, Kentucky.