Raymond B. Knight, Locust Valley, New York; John S. Walton, Griswold, Connecticut, February 1978; Vogel Collection no. 294.
David Coutant (1748–1829) stamped his chairs once on the right block while his competitors, Jacob and Michael Smith would stamp on both blocks. An identical chair by Coutant is in the collection of the Historic Hudson Valley (acc. no. 59.234) (see Joseph T. Butler, Sleepy Hollow Restorations, A Cross-Section of the Collections, (Tarrytown, NY: Sleepy Hollow Press, 1983), p. 60, no. 56). An equivalent chair by Michael Smith is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 33.121.1) see (see Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, V. 2. Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles, (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985), p. 61-2, no. 20).
Overall fine condition. Wear commensurate with age and use. The edges of the fore feet are more worn than other areas of the feet.
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