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A Pair of Carved Chippendale Claw & Ball Side Chairs, Portuguese Colonial, c.1780


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These chairs are some of the finest carved Portuguese colonial chairs extant. Note the strongly shaped front legs, which are profusely carved at the knees with the English style C-scroll. Also note the shaped seat apron, which is further carved. Note the very shapely crook back chair stiles that conforms to one's back, which, of course, are shaped all of the solid, not bent. Note the carving on the stile where it meets the seat frame; this is a feature rarely seen.

The carved splats are also high style Chippendale which continues through to the carved crest. These chairs clearly are of the most desirable style and in superb condition throughout. Also, note the beautiful cant to the rear legs, which are shaped and chamfered (see detail). One chair retains its original leather seat, and we have had two others made for general covering and usage (see details).

Height: 41 in. Seat Height: 18 in. Depth: 15 In. Width: 20 in.
$18,000
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