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Premier Auction - Session II | November 12, 2022

Sat, Nov 12, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 678

Rare American Classical Caned Mahogany Easy Chair

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

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Boston, circa 1820s, mahogany frame with figured paneled inlay with inlaid brass surround, caned back, seat, and arm supports, fine black horsehair upholstery and loose cushions with red piping, scrolled legs with brass casters, 53-1/2 x 26 x 29 in.


A closely related caned chair is illustrated and discussed in Hirschl & Adler, Boston in the Age of Neoclassicism, pg. 65. A reclining armchair of similar scale has the label of William Hancock of Boston (see Christie's, October 6, 2004, lot 1600 for $97,990).

Background on Important Private Collection from Boston:
I have been working with this collector for over 25 years, both in the initial acquisition of the objects and overseeing their conservation as needed. With a keen eye for quality and design, and a deep passion for all things classical, he has quietly amassed a top-notch collection of American furniture and decorative arts. The collection encompasses outstanding examples from the leading cabinetmakers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, representing excellence in form and proportions, condition, wood quality, and carving. It also includes rare objects that are among the best of their kind. Now, with the downsizing of one of his properties, the offerings in this catalog are coming to market to find new owners who share a love for this remarkable period in American furniture history.
Clark Pearce,
Advisor and Consultant to Collectors and Institutions

Provenance: Acquired through Clark Pearce as advisor; Property from an Important Boston Collection


professionally conserved by Robert Mussey and Associates, caning restored, cushions and horsehair cover were made following fragments of horsehair on arms and wingbacks, frame with scattered minor bumps and surface flaws, upholstery in very good condition, minor wear at back edge of crest rail and corners

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