Oval Stool

Pennsylvania, possibly Berks County, circa 1750-1780
Walnut, original poplar seat frame, original finish, replaced leather upholstery.
Height 17 inches, width 19 ½ inches, depth 15 inches. 

Authentic eighteenth-century American stools in the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles are a virtually unobtainable rarity, represented by only a few genuine examples in a handful of institutional and private collections. This wonderful stool is a provincial interpretation of a high-style Philadelphia Queen Anne form expressed by a regional Germanic craftsman with characteristic flair and heft. The stocky cabriole legs with boldly pronounced knees are joined by shaped flat stretchers and gutsy spade-like slipper feet. Solidly constructed, it survives in a remarkable state of preservation. The earliest history of this stool is in the collection of James G. Pennypacker (1913–1971) of Reading, Pennsylvania, who collected objects made in and around his native Berks County. The stool was acquired from the Pennypacker estate sale in 1973 by the esteemed antiquarian G. W. Samaha. It was a supreme prize that he kept in his personal collection for forty-eight years. . 

Collection of James G. Pennypacker, Reading, Pennsylvania; “Early American Antiques Auction from the Collection of the Late James G. Pennypacker,” Pennypacker Auction Centre, Reading, Pennsylvania, October 29, 1973, lot 102; Collection of G. William Samaha, Milan, Ohio, and Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. 

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