Deep-red painted and stripe-decorated low-back Windsor armchair Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1765
Dimensions: Overall height 28 ½ inches / Seat height 16 ¼ inches / Seat width 24 1/8 inches / Seat depth 17 inches
Note: A well developed early example, with desirable Queen Anne ball-and-ring turned medial stretcher. In choice old, probably mid to late nineteenth-century deep-red paint with gold line decoration over the original vibrant robin’s-egg blue color.
Reference: Two related armchairs are illustrated in Charles Santore, The Windsor Style in America, Volume II (Philadelphia, 1987), p. 61.
Low-back Windsor “double chair” settee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1765
Dimensions: Overall height 28 ½ inches / Seat height 17 inches / Seat width 44 inches / Seat depth 17 inches
Provenance: The personal collection of Henry Francis du Pont at his summer residence, Chestertown House, Southampton, New York.
Note: One of the rarest American Windsors, this settee exhibits the very best form and retains a mellow old shellac-based finish likely dating from the late nineteenth century. In excellent condition with the only restoration being the two medial stretchers.
Reference: A nearly identical example at Winterthur is illustrated in Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Furniture, Specialized Forms (New York 1997), fig. 1-73, p. 99.
We are always interested in acquiring American Windsor chairs of this quality.