A dramatic Chippendale walnut compass seat armchair . Philadelphia , circa 1760
Furniture - American
This handsome armchair has a rich old color and the graceful scrolling form of the finest Philadelphia chairs. The gently curved yoke-form crest rail joins shaped side stiles centering a vasiform splat of richly grained walnut. The stiles are joined by reverse scrolled arms with rolled knuckles with carved volute sides. The arms rest on shaped supports with a distinctive Philadelphia style molding. The shaped compass seat rail has a slip seat and a strait back rail with a cleat that receives the back splat. The chair rests on cabriole front legs with shell caved knees and fine ball and claw feet. The rear legs transition form the side stiles into a reverse flared hexagonal form. For a very similar chair please see “American Furniture, Queen Anne & Chippendale Periods” J. Downs, figure 28.
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