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Side Chair

Place Made:
Wilson or Cannon County Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
maple –hickory –split oak
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Chair with tapering cone-shaped finials; front and back posts are scored and taper to form feet; three shaped slats on back; two stretchers in the front and back and three stretchers on each side.

GROUP: This chair is part of a large group that all have distinctive tapering cone-shaped finials that have histories in southeastern Wilson County and adjoining Cannon County, Tennessee. Other distinguishing features of this chair group are the tapered posts that expand in diameter from top to bottom and terminate in a delicate turning that “lifts” the chair from the floor. The slats are shaved in a gentle curve at the top where they engage the back posts. Most surviving chairs from this as yet unidentified chairmaker are smaller in scale. This chair survives with its original paint surface and seat. (See Plate XXXII. The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture Through 1850)

WOODS: Primary, maple posts with hickory slats, stretchers, and rungs, and original seat of split oak (All woods determined by visual observation)

This chair was purchased in Watertown, (Wilson County), Tennessee, about 1987 by C. Tracey Parks, and had previously been acquired from the Edwards family in Auburntown (Cannon County).
Credit Line:
Gift of C. Tracey and Kim Jackson Parks