PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BRIAN AND ROBIN PHILLIPS
In 1804, Connelly made a set of armchairs with legs of this type for Mayor Thomas Willing (1731-1821) of Philadelphia (see James Biddle, American Art from American Collections, New York, 1963, p. 15). Two other chairs thought to stem from this set are offered as lot 865 in this sale. A sideboard with legs of the same pattern was made by Connelly in 1806 for Henry Hollingsworth (see Marian Carson, "Sheraton's Influence in Philadelphia: The Parallel Works of Henry Connelly and Ephraim Haines," in Philadelphia Furniture and Its Makers, 1975, p. 85). Ephraim Haines made a set of seating furniture with remarkably similar legs for Stephen Girard in 1806-1807, with Barney Schumo working as the turner and John R. Morris as the carver (see Carson, p. 84). Schumo and Morris appear to have worked independently, as the Haines accounts indicate, and probably produced identical turnings and carvings for multiple cabinetmakers (David Barquist, American Tables and Looking Glasses, New Haven, 1992, p. 293).
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