An attractive pair of early Chippendale compass seat dining chairs, Boston, circa 1745-65.
This excellent pair of early Boston antique dining chairs are constructed of walnut and survive in excellent condition. They bear a great similarity to a pair of antique dining chairs offered at auction by Christie’s in 2004. Those chairs, which are shown in an attached image, had an attribution to Boston retailer Samuel Grant, active 1745-1765. These dining chairs have gently shaped crest rails with a thumbnail molding, joining carved ears and vertical stiles. This centers a pierced and scrolled back splat with carved volutes. The shaped balloon or compass seat joins finely shaped cabriole front legs with shell carved knees and shaped returns all on bold ball and claw feet. The rear legs have a backward rake and terminate in flared cuffs. The original seat frames are constructed of maple and the blocking is of white pine.
Height 38 ¼” Width 23” Depth 18 ¼”
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