Rare for any piece of Windsor furniture, this chair retains its original painted surface. Paint analysis shows that this bench was painted yellow ochre, much of which reamins intact. The turnings of the bench relate to a large group of early Windsor furniture centered on
Lexington, Kentucky, that may represent the work of chair maker William Challen. The
English-born Challen settled first in New York and then in Lexington, Kentucky, where
be began to advertise his skills in Windsor and fancy chair making in 1809.
DESCRIPTION: Eight leg Windsor settee; rectangular back with bamboo turned spindles stretchers and arm supports; S-shaped arm rest; slanted back; light and brown paint visible; box stretches; mortise and tenon construction.