Pair of Carved Mahogany Shield-back Side Chairs, Samuel McIntire, Salem, Massachusetts, c. 1800, the serpentine crests carved with a central basket of flowers issuing leafy vines, above five carved spindles terminating in a shell-carved quarter round, all on serpentine front seat rail joining square tapering legs joined by stretchers, ht. 38, seat ht. 18 in.
Provenance: Until purchased by the consignor in 2008, these chairs had descended in the family of Dr. Henry Hooper of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and were pictured in the February 15, 1897 issue of The House Beautiful, opposite p. 81.
Furniture from a Salem, Massachusetts, Collection
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