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Bow-back Windsor armchairs, set of six


Object number

RIF5367

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height, tallest chair: 39 in. (99.06 cm)

Date

1785–1805

Current location


Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Marks

None

Inscriptions

"SWB," in chalk, on underside of each seat

Style

Windsor, Windsor

Provenance

A South County, Rhode Island family; consigned to Bill Spice Auctions, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, August 25, 1999; Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; the Gaess family; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, September 30, 2010, lot 50; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut

Associated names

South County, Rhode Island family
Bill Spicer Auctions
Nathan Liverant and Son
Gaess family
Sotheby's
Nathan Liverant and Son

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Featuring The Collection of Frank and June Barsalona, sale cat. (September 30, 2010), 45, lot 50, ill.
"Property of The Gaess Family, A Very Fine and Rare Set of Six Green-Painted Bow-Back Brace-Back Windsor Upholstered Armchairs, Rhode Island, Circa 1795," http://www.sothebys.com/app/ecatalogue/ecat.do?dispatch=displayImageViewer&lot_id=159618247&showBigPic=Y# (accessed March 14, 2011).
Nathan Liverant and Son, "Show section," Maine Antique Digest (February 2011): 25-C, ill.