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Windsor Settee

Challen, William __Attributed to
Place Made:
Frankfort Kentucky United States of America
Date Made:
undetermined wood –paint
HOA: 33-1/2″; WOA 58-1/2″; DOA 20-1/2″
Accession Number:
This Windsor bench is one of a pair that made for Hurricane Hall, the Quarels family home outside Lexington, Kentucky. Roger Quarels moved from Virginia to Kentucky in 1801 and acquired Hurricane Hall in 1805. Soon afterwards he began a series of expansions that would dramatically increase the size of the house over the next three decades. Among his first changes were the conversion of the old side-hall house plan into a center-hall house plan and the addition of a porch. The acquisition of this bench and its mate may have been related to the early expansion of the house.

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.

This settee represents one of a pair belonging to the Quarrels Family.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund