Overall: 36 x 19 3/4 x 16 in. ( 91.4 x 50.2 x 40.6 cm )
Painted Federal side chair; square back elevated above seat with polychrome urn-shaped center splat flanked by two marbleized column-shaped stiles; trapezoidal seat with original or old caning; tapered square legs with side and medial stretchers; frame painted black with green and yellow trim with polychrome rosettes and floral sprays on the crest and stiles of the back and front seat rail.
This chair is adapted from plate 36 of Thomas Sheraton's "Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book" of 1793 and is part of a group of related chairs attributed to John Seymour II (1738-1818) or John Seymour III (1765?-1793). Differences suggest that there were three separate sets, one of which was possibly made for Nathanial Silsbee of Salem, MA.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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