GROUP: According to Jeffrey S. Evans, “This chair . . . represents the most distinctive and regionally evolved fancy chair produced in the Shenandoah Valley. Its boldly shaped front stretcher is derived from similar but notably more delicate examples seen on early nineteenth-century Baltimore fancy shairs.” This chair and others related to it can be found on pp. 71-73 of Jeffrey S. Evans, COME IN AND HAVE A SEAT: VERNACULAR CHAIRS OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Winchester, VA: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 2010.
Related objects in the MESDA Collection include copperplate engravings of Solomon Henkel’s parents, the Reverend Paul Henkel and his wife Ellizabeth (Acc. 5550.4a&b), a fraktur for Siram Peter’s brother, Silon Amos Henkel (Acc. 5853), a profile portrait drawn by Silon Amos Henkel (Acc. 5163), a sideboard with a Henkel line of descent (Acc. 3350), and several examples of printed works by the Henkel Press.