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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Offering of the Day: A Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Easy Chair

Massachusetts, c. 1760
Primary wood: Mahogany; Secondary wood: Maple
45” high x 31” wide x 28” deep

Property from the Thomas J. Carroll Revocable Trust

Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Important American & English Furniture Collected by the Late George Lorimer, Part I & II, March 29-April 1, and October 24-28, 1944
Bernard & S. Dean Levy, New York

Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Gallery Catalog V, p. 51 (Illustrated), 1986

There are several elements of fine craftsmanship embodied in this upholstered easy chair. The wings are large and deeply shaped, with their curve settled into rolled arms which spread outward to the width of the straight seat rail, providing a commodious seating piece, as well as a visually exciting form. Cabriole legs are accurately angled at the seat corners and have the distinction of acanthus carving over the brackets and knees, while the feet are notable for their physical quality on a well ruonded ball. Stretchers are both blocked and turned. The original stuffing is retained in part, including back webbing.

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