This chair is part of group of chairs with a sunburst or fan carved crest that were made in or around Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This chair is nearly identical to an example in the collection of Yale University Art Gallery (acc. no. 1971.15.1)(see Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture: Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, (Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1976), p. 69, no. 48). For additional information on related chairs see Robert F. Trent, Erik Gronning, and Alan Andersen, “The Gaines Attributions and Baroque Seating In Northeastern New England,” American Furniture 2010, ed. Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation), pp. 155-7.