A nearly identical side chair, number III of a set, is offered as lot 2120 in this sale. Another side chair possibly made as part of the same set is illustrated in The Philadelphia Chair, 1685-1785 by Joseph K. Kindig, III.2 Several other chairs are known with a closely related design representing multiple shop traditions. One at Yale University with a history in the Biddle family marked V and I with a slip seat frame numbered I displays addition acanthus carving at the top of the splat but is otherwise very similar.3 An armchair at Yale University, numbered II on the seat frame and slip seat, was formerly in the collection of Louis Guerineau Myers.4 An armchair at Winterthur Museum displays variations in the carving on the splat and knees.5 One from the Collection of Abram R. and Blanche M. Harpending was sold in these rooms, February 1, 1985, lot 609. Another with a scalloped seat rail is illustrated in Israel Sack, Inc., American Furniture from Israel Sack Collection (Washington, D.C., 1965), Vol. II, p. 313, no. 174.
1 Edwin Hipkiss, Eighteenth-Century American Arts: The M. and M. Karolik Collection (Boston, 1950). no. 89, pp. 152-3 .
2 Joseph K. Kindig III, The Philadelphia Chair (York, Pennsylvania, 1978), fig. 54.
3 See Patricia E. Kane, Three-Hundred Years of American Seating Furniture (Boston, 1976) no. 92, p. 109-110.
4 Ibid, no. 90, pp. 106-108.
5 See Joseph Downs, American Furniture (New York, 1952), no. 50.
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