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Side Chair

1948.166.1 (RS179431)

Description

Fancy Windsor side chair painted white with blue paint and gilt accents. The center of the stepped-down crest rail is decorated with painted and gilt peacock feathers with interlocking quills. There are painted vines on the flattened stiles, flat front stretcher, and second-to-lowest turned section of front legs. The legs and seven spindles have bamboo turnings with rings highlighted in slate blue paint.

Details

Label
Elegant Embellishments: This stepped-down Windsor side chair is a finely painted example that survives in excellent condition. The rings of the bamboo turnings, highlighted in slate blue, and the gilt peacock feathers on the crest rail make this common form exceptionally elegant. Elements of the chair are closely related to those on examples marked by the Wilder family, a prominent group of New Ipswich chair makers working in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Maker
Possibly Wilder Family (Furniture maker)
Date
1800-1810
Location of origin
New Ipswich, NH, USA
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
maple (wood)
paint (coating)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Possibly New Hampshire (United States)
Possibly New Ipswich (Hillsborough county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
Chair
chairs (furniture forms)
Fancy
maple (wood)
paint (coating)
pine (wood)
Dimensions
36 x 16 x 17 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.166.1
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
63267

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