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A Rare William & Mary Tall-back Cherry Armchair, Connecticut, possibly Colchester, c.1740-60


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This stately chair has a very tall back, with beautifully sculpted splat that integrates nicely into the splat rail.  The height of this chair gives it a commanding presence and its nicely sized seat is graciously inviting.  Included below are images of one of a pair of english armchairs with a similar splat.  One of the reasons for the possible Colchester attribution is that they often did out-of-the box stylistic interpretations of traditional forms.

The crest follows a traditional tombstone motif and the chair finials are beautifully turned.  The front cross-strecther is delicately turned and the arms are nicely shaped into a downward scroll.

This chair has good weight, as it is cherry, and overlaid with a shellack surface.   Its condition is excellent and fully tightened.  Note the bottoms of the feet--which are usually very worn--are nicely extended, with a most minimal reduction...obviously, it led a good life. 

Height: 49 1/2 in.  Seat Height: 17 1/2 in.   
Width: 25 1/4 in.  Depth: 18 1/2 in.
$5,500
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