THE MIFFLIN FAMILY VERY FINE AND RARE WILLIAM AND MARY TURNED AND BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE BANISTER-BACK ARMCHAIR, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1730
retains an early black painted surface.
Height 49 7/8 in. by Width 22 1/2 in. by Depth 17 1/2 in.; 126.7 by 57.2 by 44.5 cm.
Acquired May 2, 1922 at the estate auction of the poet and painter Lloyd Mifflin (1846-1921), Norwood, Columbia, Pennsylvania. This chair is said to have belonged to Governor Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800);
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Auction: American and European Antiques, August 1990, lot 302;
Vogel Collection no. 536.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680- 1758, October 10, 1999-January 10, 2000.
Patricia Petraglia, “Pennsylvania Items head up $1.2 Million Bourgeault Sale,” Antiques and the Art Weekly, August 24, 1990, p. 30;
Jean Butler, “Pennsylvania Desk Tops Manchester Sale,” Maine Antique Digest, October 1990, p. 26-D;
Patricia Petraglia, American Antique Furniture: Styles and Origins, (New York, Smithmark Publishers Inc., 1992), p. 35;
Jack Lindsey, Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758, (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999), no. 149, p. 171.