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Windsor Chair

John A. DeWoody & Co. __Attributed to ||Guinn, John __Attributed to
Place Made:
Washington County Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
tulip poplar –hickory –paint
HOA: 33 1/2″
WOA: 16″
DOA: 18 1/2″
Accession Number:
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.

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