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A Set of Five Mahogany Hepplewhite Carved Heart-back Side Chairs, New York, c. 1795

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Each chair has an interlaced heart-shaped back centering a pierced flower-head and bellflower-carved splat. The chair is further defined by an over-upholstered serpentine saddle seat which retains its original stuffing. The legs are stop-fluted and turned in the French Louis XVI style, which are the rarest form of leg in this grouping of chairs.

Chairs of similar form--save the rare stop-fluted leg--is referenced in a number of places. See Dean A. Fales, Jr., Furniture at Historic Deerfield, Page 77, Ill. 143; Helen Comstock, American Furniture, No. 431; F. C. Morse, Furniture of the Olden Time, Page 205, Fig. 189; Irving Lyon, Colonial Furniture of New England, 111. 89; Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc., Opulence and Splendor-The New York Chair 1690 - 1830, Pgs. 32 and 33. The chair on page 33 was also advertised by Levy in Antiques Magazine, August 1977.

Height 39 in. Width 22 in.
Depth:17 in.
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