Philadelphia, 1760-1780, scrolled crest rail with rope and tassel carving centering carved shell or cabochon with bellflower drop, pierced and leaf carved splat, fluted rear stiles, leaf carved knees with ball and claw feet, period slip seat with blue damask upholstery, chairs marked "VI", slip seat marked "IV", 39 x 22-3/4 x 21-1/2 in.
Note: The Winterthur Museum owns a chair nearly identical to this example, likely from the same set (see Downs, Catalog no. 124), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art owns an armchair of the same design that may also be from the same set (see Heckscher, catalog no. 61).
Provenance: Parke-Bernet, probably from the Quinnel Collection, New York, February 12, 1949; purchased by Ginsburg & Levy; Israel Sack, New York, sold 1988; bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage; Property Deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from the Joseph and June Hennage Collection; all proceeds to benefit the Joseph and June Hennage Collection Acquisition Fund
excellent condition overall, edge crack and possible repair at one rear stile near joint with seat rail, very minor crack at crest rail attachment, minor cracks and very small edge repairs at ears, probably original seat blocking