921
921
AN IMPORTANT AND RARE PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE 'LEATHER-BACK' SIDE CHAIRS, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1725
Estimate
50,00080,000
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921
AN IMPORTANT AND RARE PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE 'LEATHER-BACK' SIDE CHAIRS, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1725
Estimate
50,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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AN IMPORTANT AND RARE PAIR OF WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE 'LEATHER-BACK' SIDE CHAIRS, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1725
each retains their original leather upholstery and surface.
Height 44 1/2 in.; 113 cm.
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Provenance

Ginsburg & Levy Inc., New York, May 1970;
Vogel Collection no. 79.

Literature

Brock Jobe, "The Boston Furniture Industry: 1720-1740, "Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, Walter Muir Whitehead ed., The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, 1974, p. 40, fig. 29.

Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650-1830, (New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1980), p. 63, fig. 80.

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era, Selections from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1984, p. 341, fig. 91b.

Catalogue Note

This is the finest pair of Boston ‘leather-back’ chairs that survive.  Each retains their original surface and leather. As described in depth in a forthcoming article on Boston’s early Baroque seating furniture, this ogee-crested chair with molded stiles was a major export good for Boston. Chairs like these were exported to nearly all of the early eighteenth century North American colonies and likely even to major cities in the Caribbean.  The account books for Bostonian, Thomas Fitch, list the sale of numerous ‘crooked’ chairs to both Boston residents and sending them on various ships to New York and Philadelphia. For additional information on related chairs, see Erik K. Gronning, “Luxury of Choice: Boston’s Early Baroque Seating Furniture,” American Furniture 2018, ed. Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 2018).

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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New York