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A Classical Mahogany Side Chair with Carved Eagle Splat, New York City, c.1810-15, by Duncan Phyfe or Circle

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Similar to the lyre and cornucopia, the eagle was a symbol of the power, wealth, and vitality of our new nation. The eagle is finely molded and executed. The crest rail is paneled with the styles molded and shaped in the classic Greek klismos form, all of which retain an undisturbed first surface.

These chairs are well documented with perhaps the best illustration found in 300 Years of American Seating Furniture, by Patricia E. Kane, Plate 14, which is from the famous Garvan Collection. Others include the Institute of Chicago, illustrated in Lester Margon, More American Furniture Treasures, p.20; The Winterthur Museum in Montgomery, American Furniture - the Federal Period, Nos. 75, 76; and Bayou Bend, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, illustrated in Bayou Bend, Nos. 172, 175.

Height: 33 in. Width 18 1/4 in. Depth 16 1/2 in.
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