Pair of American Chippendale ribbon back mahogany side chairs, attributed to Jonathan Gostelowe (1745-1795) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, having acanthus molded flaring ears and slightly curved, molded stiles, enclosing four serpentine rails in a scroll pattern with pierced central circles. Slip seats with molded Marlborough front legs and slightly flared back legs joined by four stretchers. Later striped upholstery. 37" H x 21 1/4" W x 18 1/2" D. Circa 1770. Note: Other terms for this design include: pretzel-back, ladder-back, and loop-back. Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. CONDITION: Overall good condition with general expected wear, retaining old dark finish. One chair has clean repaired breaks on left side, one to stretcher and one to front leg (no wood loss.) Newer striped upholstery.
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