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Black-painted bow-back Windsor side chair with seven, three-part, bamboo-turned spindles, a shield-shaped, saddled seat, and four splayed, three-part, bamboo-turned legs joined by H-mounted stretchers. The continuous bow back is beaded along the edges of its flat front face and rounded at back; the proper left side is tenoned through the seat and wedged. The spindles are tenoned into the seat and bow; all of the spindles are, or at one time did, extend through the bow and are wedged. The plank seat has a slight pommel at front center and a deep groove outlining the spindle area and is beaded along the back top edge. Each leg is tenoned through the seat and wedged. The bamboo-turned stretcher support has two-part, single-swell side stretchers and a three-part, double-swell medial stretcher. Remnants of yellow or ochre paint are visible on the sides and in the grooves of the spindles, as well as below the cracks in the finish on the seat.

The legs have been cut down, but the remains of a mortise cut in the proper left front foot suggest that it may have been used as a rocking chair at some point.

Neat, parallel plane marks are visible on the underside of the seat.

Date

1785-1815


Geography


Material/Technique

Tulip poplar (seat), oak (bow), walnut (leg), paint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 31 3/4 in. x 19 1/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (80.65 cm x 48.58 cm x 39.05 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1956


Object Number

H-2183


Colors


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