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Pair of Chippendale walnut side chairs
Philadelphia, ca. 1760–1780
H. 41", Seat H. 17"
Illustrated in Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (1950), p. 39.
Inscriptions: Front seat rail of one chair inscribed “IIII”; the other inscribed “VI”
Courtesy of Wayne Pratt, Inc.

These chairs are superlative examples of Philadelphia craftsmanship, achieving a successful integration of form and decoration. The carving of the crestrail, legs, and ball-and-claw feet are balanced by the delicate flourishes of the pierced splat.

The richly grained walnut contributes significantly to the chairs’ visual appeal and desirability. Exhibiting refined proportions and an elegant decorative scheme, these chairs are a wonderful survival from Philadelphia’s golden age of furniture production.

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