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Slat-back Windsor side chairs, pair

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Maker Christian Michael Nestell, 1793–1880; worked 1820–1836


Height: 33 1/4 in. (84.455 cm) Width, crest: 17 3/4 in. (45.085 cm) Seat: 17 1/2 16 1/4 15 in. (44.45 41.28 38.1 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Pine (seat); maple (spindles, crest, legs, and side and rear stretchers); ring porous wood (hickory?) (stiles and front stretcher)


An image of a chair and the text "Painted and Guilt CHAIRS warranted, / FOR SALE ON GOOD TERMS, BY / CHRISTIAN M. NESTELL, / Opposite the Rev. Mr. Wilson's / Meeting-House. / N. B. Chairs repainted and guilt, in the / neatest style. PROVIDENCE," printed within a decorative border on paper label glued to underside of seat




Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, by 1981; by descent to his wife Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island; by decent to her son Joshua Ott, Burbank, California; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 173 (unsold); Joshua Ott

Associated names

Joseph K. Ott
Anne Northrop Ott


Nancy Goyne Evans, "The Christian M. Nestell Drawing Book: A Focus on the Ornamental Painter and His Craft in Early Nineteenth-Century America," American Furniture (1998): 103, fig. 5.
Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 423, fig. 7-3.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 94–95, lot 173.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 132, 397–99, no. 90, fig. 1.