Chippendale Carved Mahogany Open Armchair, probably Providence, Rhode Island, c. 1765, the serpentine crest above an overupholstered back and seat, with molded and shaped arms ending in scrolled handholds on shaped supports, the seat frame joining frontal cabriole legs with shell and bellflower-carved knees and claw-and-ball feet, ht. 44, seat ht. 17, wd. 26 1/2 in.
Provenance: David Stockwell, February 1955; Sotheby's, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, January 19, 2002, Sale 7757, Lot 351.
Exhibitions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Art from American Collections, New York, March 6-April 28, 1963, no. 35.
Note: According to notes accompanying this chair when it was purchased by the present owners, this chair relates to a small group of chairs made in Rhode Island, with shell- and bellflower-carved knees and claw-and-ball feet. It compares to examples pictured in Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport, 1984, fig 1.52, p. 60; and The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640-1820, 1954, no. 25, p. 51. It is also very similar to a chair loaned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott to the John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture (and published in that catalog as no. 23, p. 25) - interestingly, Mr. Copeland and Mr. Ott corresponded about their similar chairs in 1962.
two old plugged screw holes where one foot was cracked and is reinforced. replaced corner glue blocks.
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