With a seat rail and slip seat numbered I, this side chair was made as part of a larger set of chairs. Two other chairs from this set are at Winterthur; one of these is numbered V.1 Chair number VI of the set was formerly in the Reifsnyder Collection and purchased from the Reifsnyder sale by Dr. William Serri.2 That chair was later sold at Christie’s, Important American Furniture, Silver and Folk Art, January 19, 2002, sale 1003, lot 357.
A walnut side chair numbered XVII formerly in the Reifsnyder Collection and later in the Robb Collection is virtually identical, differing only in the articulation of the shell on the crest rail.3 It stems from a set that was likely made in the same shop. Two walnut side chairs with shells by a different hand are from a closely related set and perhaps made in the same shop. They were sold in these rooms, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, October 28-9, 2004, sale 8016, lots 218 and 219. Three cherrywood side chairs from a third related set were in the Reifsnyder collection and illustrated as “best” in Fine Points of Furniture by Albert Sack.4 Another related set also with a different crest shell and rounded stiles is represented by a walnut side chair at Colonial Williamsburg.5
1 See Joseph Downs, American Furniture (New York, 1952), no. 116.
2 Colonial Furniture: The Superb Collection of the Late Howard Reifsnyder, (New York: American Art Association), April 24-27, 1929, lot 656.
3 See Israel Sack Inc., American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Vol. V, P4161, pp. 1220-21.
4 See Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture (New York, 1950), p. 26.
5 See John Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York, 1972), no. 56, p. 73.
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