1577
1577

PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT PRIVATE CONNECTICUT COLLECTOR

THE ROPES-WALD FAMILY SET OF SIX FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SHIELD-BACK SIDE CHAIRS, ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1795
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1577

PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT PRIVATE CONNECTICUT COLLECTOR

THE ROPES-WALD FAMILY SET OF SIX FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SHIELD-BACK SIDE CHAIRS, ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1795
Estimate
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THE ROPES-WALD FAMILY SET OF SIX FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SHIELD-BACK SIDE CHAIRS, ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1795

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, October 23, 1994, sale no. 6613, lot 365;
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, October 9, 1997, sale no. 7025, lot 485.

Catalogue Note

A Federal chair in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has an identically carved crest rail which Dean T. Lahikainen has attributed to Samuel McIntire in his book Samuel McIntire:Carving and American Style, (Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2007), p. 56, fig. 3-11.

This set of chairs had been used for decades in the Ropes family home at 124 Federal Street in Salem, Massachusetts.  Research, deeds and probate records have shown that John Ropes bequeathed the land and house on it to his son Jonathan when he died in 1754.  The Wald family retained ownership until 1818 after which the house was passed to John Holman, a mariner, to Reverend John Brazer of the North church, and to Captain Thomas Perkins, a shipmaster and merchant.  Much of the interior architectural detail in the main portion of the house is attributed to Samuel McIntire, with chimney pieces carved with drapery swags and baskets of flowers and fruit.

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