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Windsor Chair

Artist/Maker:
John A. DeWoody & Co. __Attributed to ||Guinn, John __Attributed to
Place Made:
Washington County Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1830
Medium:
tulip poplar –hickory –paint
Dimensions:
HOA: 33 1/2″
WOA: 16″
DOA: 18 1/2″
Accession Number:
5732.2
Description:
DESCIPTION: Windsor chair with rectangular crest rail with braced-back; medial slat; tapered spindles; shaped seat; bamboo-turned legs; stretchers on all sides; front stretcher with rectangular tablet.

MAKER: This square backed Windsor chair was probably made by John Guinn, an employee of the John A. DeWoody & Co. cabinetshop of Leesburg, Washington County, Tennessee. Significant traces of its original blue and yellow fancy paint decoration survive. Originally this chair was part of a set. Other examples survive in private Tennessee collections.

History:
This chair was part of the original furnishings for the DeVault Tavern constructed between 1819 and 1821 in Leesburg, Washington County, Tennessee. The house was built by Frederick DeVault (1748-1847) and his wife Margaret T. DeVault (1785-1865). The house and its furnishings descended in the DeVault family until 2006.
Credit Line:
Nancy C. James MESDA Purchase Fund