Queen Anne painted armchair
New York Region, circa 1740
Maple, old or original brown paint, original split-seat, 49 x 26 ½ x 17 inches
In a fine state of preservation; area of rewoven repair to original splint seat
This is a highly imaginative interpretation of a “Dutch” style armchair with dramatic throne-like proportions and elegantly executed details. Disc-turned finials with baluster-shaped stiles flank the arched crest. The whimsical champhered-edged splat incorporates the extremely rare feature of a pierced heart above a fylfot. The rollover arms of fine profile are elegantly champhered. The chair retains its original split seat, on stylized trumpet turned legs ending in ball-like pad frontal feet, ball-and-reel turned frontal stretcher, cylindrical turned rear legs. A related rush-seated armchair of similar proportions and turnings with a variant heart-pierced splat design is illustrated in an advertisement for Williams Antiques, Old Greenwich, Connecticut in The Magazine Antiques, May 1950, p. 333.
A pioneer Connecticut Americana collection; Lincoln and Jean Sander, Redding, CT; John Keith Russell, South Salem, NY; David A. Schorsch, Greenwich, CT, 1985; Private collection.
David A. Schorsch, “Living with antiques, A collection of American folk art in the Midwest,” in The Magazine Antiques, October 1990, p.784, pl. XIII.