THOMAS MOLESWORTH | KEYHOLE CHAIR
12,000 - 18,000 USD
with “Gun Fighter” motif
fir, routed and stained tulip poplar, turquoise and rust leather upholstery, hammered brass tacks
35½ x 16 x 18½ in. (90.2 x 40.6 x 47 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces of the backrest with scattered very minor surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and use. The lower, proper right, rear corner of the backrest with a few minor splits on the reverse which appear to have been stabilized at some point in the history of the piece and are only visible when the chair is viewed from the reverse. The fir legs are in very good condition with scattered minor surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and use. The wood with some occasional irregularities and separations to the wood grain, which is typical of inland fir and most of which were filled in by the artist at the time of production. The leather has been sensitively replaced in a manner consistent with the artist’s intent and is in very good condition. The proper right front corner of the seat with a very minor surface loss to the leather just below the rust-colored piping.
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.
J Bar 9 Ranch, Cody, Wyoming, circa 1938
Terry Winchell, Molesworth: The Pioneer of Western Design, Layton, UT, 2005, pp. 89, 92 and 156-157 (for Keyhole chairs with the "Gun Fighter" motif)