Joe Kindig, Jr. & Son, York, Pennsylvania, September 1970; Vogel Collection no. 80.
Jonathan L. Fairbanks, Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, American Furniture: 1620 to the Present, (New York: R. Marek, 1981), p. 72.
This chair is a rare survivor. Many related English chairs are often refinished and are damaged by powderpost beetles. This chair appears to retain its original untouched surface. A closely related side chair is in the collection of Winterthur Museum (acc. no. 58.964) (see Benno M. Forman, American Seating Furniture, 1630-1730, (New York: W.W. Norton, 1988), p. 254, no. 52.). Another is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (acc. no. W.31-1936) and a third example is illustrated in Adam Bowett, English Furniture, 1660-1714: from Charles II to Queen Anne, (Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors' Club, 2002), p. 266, pl. 8:70.
Appears to retain its original surface. Wear, discoloration, rubbing to paint, and minor losses commensurate with age and use. The bottom 3 in. of the front feet are patched. The cane seat is replaced. There is an old crack to the proper right side of the decorative stretcher that has been re-glued. The crest was previously cracked and re-glued at the junction with the top of the back.
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