Two (2) Chippendale 18th century American side chairs. 1st item: Mid-Atlantic mahogany Chippendale side chair with yoke-shaped molded top rail curving down at ends, carved with acanthus leaf spray at center, curved molded pierced splat with scroll and leaf decoration at center and leaf topped trefoil at shoe set into rear seat rail. Cabriole front legs with leaf-carved knees and claw and ball feet and tapered back legs ending in square cut feet. Seat upholstered with older wool crewel fabric. 36 3/4″ H x 21 1/2″ W seat (23 5/8″ W knee to knee) x 16 1/4″ D seat (21″ D overall). Older if not original finish. American, Circa 1770. 2nd item: American maple Chippendale side chair with yoke-shaped top rail curving up at ends, half-moon carving above splat, pierced vase-shaped splat with scrolls at upper section. Splat fitted into shoe set into rear seat rail. Slip seat and double molded seat edge and molded straight legs and cross rails, front rail with foot wear. 39 3/4″ H x 20″ W x 15″ D seat (18 3/4″ D overall). American, third quarter of the 18th century. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Both items descended in the family of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on the side of her mother, Pamela Augusta Gilman (1802-1880). Annette was married to Charles Harrod Boyd and had four children, including Julia Wingate Boyd (wife of Lewis M. Coleman, Jr.). Lewis M. Coleman, Jr. was the son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis M. Coleman and Mary Ambler Marshall, granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835), fourth Chief Justice of the United States, a friend, attorney and biographer of George Washington. Note: Both of these chairs are shown in an albumen silver print that has descended through the Coleman family. The identity of the house interior is unknown at this time but speaks to these pieces of having a long history within the family. CONDITION: 1st item: Top rail split and reglued at both ears. Crack across crest at top rail. Four breaks in splat. Repaired split to right facing stile. Some minor losses to upholstery and old surface grime. Left facing cabriole leg missing its ear. 2nd item: Repair to top of the crest rail, two splits in splat at right.
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