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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.
chairs (furniture forms)
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.
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.),
Possibly Wilder Family (Furniture maker)
New Ipswich, NH, USA
36 x 16 x 17 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
Possibly New Hampshire (United States)
Possibly New Ipswich (Hillsborough county, New Hampshire)