PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, PENNSYLVANIA
This example is closely related to chairs labeled by James Gillingham (1736-1781), a cabinetmaker working on Second Street in Philadelphia from 1768, to 1773. One Gillingham chair is in the collection of the Dietrich Americana Foundation and illustrated in Magazine Antiques, November 1959, p. 394.
Philip D. Zimmerman conducted an analysis on this chair in 1996 and concluded that it was made in the same shop as a set of six chairs at Winterthur Museum, one of which is illustrated in Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods,1952, no. 139. Also from the same shop is a chair once owned by Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe, later sold to Israel Sack Inc.
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