VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790
VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790
VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790
VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790
VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790
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PROPERTY OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

PROPERTY OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot Sold:15,000USD

Lot Details

Description

VERY FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GREEN AND RED PAINTED WINDSOR SACK-BACK ARMCHAIRS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1790


Height of tallest 40 ¾ in.

Condition Report

Each contains remnants of an earlier painted surface. Each in overall fine and stable condition. Wear, discoloration, and losses to the painted surface are consistent with age and use. Top section of central spindle of the shorter of the two chairs appears to be a replacement, additionally this chair shows losses to the reel turning on the proper front right leg and the proper back left leg was previously cracked and reglued at the junction with the seat.

Height of other chair 38 in.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Wayne Pratt, Woodbury, Connecticut;

Peter Brams Collection, Jackson Heights, New York;

Skinner, Bolton, The Folk Art Collection of Peter Brams, February 25, 2001, sale 2056, lot 1396;

Stephen Score, Boston, Massachusetts.

Catalogue Note

These remarkable oversized chairs must have been a special order. The back is comprised of five extra large coops outlined by four penetrating, turned spindles with five additional spindles, all bamboo-turned; each arm has a generous swoop in the middle and is supported by a vasiform turned element above a nicely shaped seat; all supported by four, raked bamboo turned legs. It is significant that Charles Santore, who has written the definitive books, The Windsor Style in America Volumes I and II, in a personal communication with Stephen Score, stated that he had never seen its equal before in forty years of looking at Windsor chairs.

A New Dimension of Tradition: Important American Folk Art, Proceeds of the Sale to Benefit a New Folk Art Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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