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An Important Rare Set of Six Neoclassical Side Chairs, Boston, c.1815

This set of chairs is the only one known with the bulbous reeded front leg and commodious original box seats, which make for a most comfortable and sturdy dining room chair. The main stylistic theme is the stylized drapery type backsplat which is seen both with a carved or plain crest rail. Our chairs have a carved crest rail centered by onlaid figured mahogany. The medial rail is classic and suggestive of both elegance and luxury in its overall flowing drapery motif, all of which is then joined together in the center by a reeded connective element. This reeded embellishment in the medial stretcher is then repeated stylistically in the shaped bulbous front legs (see detail), certainly a neoclassical design not often explored by many craftsmen, as this leg was no doubt a more demanding and costly embellishment than a simple saber leg with or without a paw foot. The seats are commodious and over-upholstered, indicating the importance these chairs were to have had. The seat is further embellished with an exposed paneled seat frame. Of interest is that these chairs, typical of Boston work, share a very dense and substantial aspect which is successfully juxtaposed upon a light, delicate drapery motif, the combination of which creates a successful interpretation of the Neoclassical ideal. See related scanned sources below from Classical Taste in America and The Magazine Antiques. Height: 33 in. Seat Height: 18 1/2 Width: 17 in. Depth: 20 1/4 in. Classical Taste in America, The Magazine AntiquesRead more

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A Fine Small-scale (36 in. wide) Mahogany Classical Secretary Bookcase

In order to fill the larger rooms of houses that increased in size during the early 19th century, Classical/Empire casepieces came in larger proportions than their antecedents. Therefore, we were quite surprised to find a diminutive secretary, the first in our many years in the field. It's only 36 inches wide. Aside from being delicate, it is crafted in the finest New York style. Note the drawer sides on the close-ups; generally, these are pine or poplar, and here they are the more costly mahogany and with very fine dovetails. Also note the use of the brass door edges; all this is the work of a top New York shop. Although being small in size, it loses nothing in its development, notice the very intricate and tight design work of the upper glazed doors. Also, the figured flanking pilasters which are intricately carved at the top and the developed cornice molding with inset at the edges. The lower case has a leather lined slide-out writing lid, and above are two pull-out drawers. The paw feet are beautifully and fully carved. The figured mahogany within the door panels below is beautifully matched. This is a piece for the true connoisseur of classical furniture of the first rank. It would certainly be fitting in a New York pied-à-terre where size and quality are prized. Height: 79 1/2 in. Case Width: 36 1/2 in. Overall Width: 42 in. Depth: 23 inRead more

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29 200 GBP

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