Pair of Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chairs, Philadelphia, c. 1770, the molded crest rails with acanthus-carved ears, above carved and pierced vasiform splat and molded stiles, on upholstered trapezoidal slip seats and shaped seat frames centering scrolled acanthus leaf motifs and joining cabriole legs ending in claw-and-ball feet, ht. 38 1/2 in.
Provenance: According to a label on the seat frame of one chair, the chairs were once owned by Mrs. Thomas A. Curran of Philadelphia; Ginsburg & Levy, Inc., New York, c. 1963; Collection of Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz; Sotheby's, Important American Furniture: The Collection of Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz, January 30, 1988, Lot 1775; Leigh Keno American Antiques, 1999.
Note: These chairs are numbered "I" and "III" of a set. Another chair from the set (numbered "II") is in the collection at Bayou Bend, Houston, Texas. Other chairs appearing to be from the set have been illustrated in Antiques magazine throughout the 20th century, as parts of private collections and in antiques dealers' advertisements.
one chair missing right front glue block, slip seat replaced (original slip seat numbered "I" is on the Bayou Bend chair); other chair has a slip seat numbered "II" (which should be on the Bayou Bend chair), that slip seat with a replaced rear rail, old reglued cracks to the splat.
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