A similar set of Gothic side chairs with carving attributed to Pollard include one with no recorded history in the collection of the Chipstone Foundation.3 William M. Hornor illustrates another side chair from the set in Blue Book Philadelphia Furniture, 1935, pl. 354 as the property of Richard Wistar Harvey (1868-1939), the son of Alexander Elmslie Harvey and Rachel Lewis Wistar of Philadelphia who married in 1865. Rachel Wistar was the daughter of Richard Wistar (1790-1863) and Hannah Owen Lewis (1795-1857) and a descendant of the prominent Wistar, Morris and Wharton families of Philadelphia. A set of six other related Gothic chairs with carving attributed to Pollard was owned by Cecil Franklin Backus of Philadelphia and sold in these rooms, Important Americana from a Private Collection, sale 8776, lot 124. Two other side chairs illustrated by Sack and Kindig with the same splat as the Backus chairs features knee carving a claw feet that are very similar to this chair.4
1 Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker’s Director (London, 1762), pl. X and XVI.
2 See Israel Sack Inc., American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Volume VI, P3920, p. 48.
3 See Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone, Madison, 1984, no. 59, pp. 136-7.
4 See Sack, Volume V, P3925, p. 1169 and Joe Kindig, Jr., advertisement in The Magazine Antiques (February 1951).
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