A Sheraton-Federal Mahogany Wing Chair, New York, c. 1800, attributed to Duncan Phyfe workshop
This example has a profound serpentine-shaped crest rail with
outward-rolled arms which terminate in incurvated supports. A straight-front
seat rail supports finely turned and reeded front legs which end in their
original casters. The rear legs are square in form and canted. The frame of
the chair is drilled with a carefully measured network of holes for
While this chair is of profound proportions, its delicacy and slender treatment of its Sheraton style reeded legs and rolled arms create a successful and important presentation. A related New York wing chair with the same high serpentine arch and form is on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.
S. Dean Levy's Identification: August 8, 1989
Mr. Stanley Weiss
Providence, RI 02906
I have examined the following and found it to be as described:
Sheraton Wing Chair
New York circa 1800
Primary wood: Mahogany
Secondary Wood: Ash, Pine
A New York Sheraton Wing Chair, having a serpentine-shaped crest rail and outward-rolled arms, terminating in incurvate supports. The straight-front seat rail is above finely turned and reeded front legs ending in castors; the rear legs are square in form and slightly canted. The frame of the chair is drilled with a carefully measured network of holes for tufting. Like most Sheraton wing chairs, it is a “necessary” chair, and remnants of the framework for the potty still exist. The remainder of the potty was removed one hundred or more years ago because of it no longer being necessary. Other than the removal of the potty, and except for a few new blocks added from strengthening, the frame of the chair has been relatively untouched. It remains in excellent condition and is as described above, with no major repairs or restorations.
Certified by: S. Dean Levy
Height: 48 1/2 in. Width: 33 in. Depth: 23 1/2 in.
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