A New York side chair at Winterthur has a similar overall design in the double-crook stiles, identical splat pattern, double-serpentine beaded shoe and pad feet.2 Similar shell-carved knees with alternating projecting and receding lobes, squared claw feet and rear shaped feet are found on an armchair at Winterthur Museum from a set made for the Van Cortlandt family of New York.3 The shell and highly stylized acanthus carving on the crest rail relates to carving found on a New York side chair owned by Bernard and S. Dean Levy.4
1 See Leigh Keno, Joan Barzilay Freund, and Alan Miller, “The Very Pink of the Mode: Boston Georgian Chairs, Their Export, and Their Influence,” American Furniture, edited by Luke Beckerdite, (Hanover and London, 1996): 266-306.
2 See Joseph Downs, American Furniture (New York, 1952), no. 105.
3 See Joseph Downs, American Furniture, no. 26.
4 See Luke Beckerdite, “Immigrant Carvers and the Development of the Rococo Style in New York, 1750-1770,” American Furniture (Hanover and London, 1996): fig. 50, p. 257.
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