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Premier Auction - Session II

Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 806

Rare Charleston Chippendale Mahogany Side Chair

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

attributed to John Nutt, 1760-1770, retaining a fine early possibly original surface, with serpentine crest rail over a pierced splat, over the rail black leather upholstered seat, on square legs with stretchers, oak and cyprus secondary, 38 in.

Note: This chair was documented by MESDA and was examined by Brad Rauschenberg, Frank Horton, and Ann Dibble. in 1978 (see MESDA photo S-8213). It is illustrated in Rauschenberg and Bivins, Jr., The Furniture of Charleston, 1680-1820, vol. 1, pg. 382, fig. CCH-20. MESDA has a photograph of another chair from the same set.

Cabinet and chair maker John Nutt advertised in Charleston in the South Carolina Gazette in 1770 and is also known to have worked in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Accompanied by copies of photographs of the chair prior to re-upholstering.

Provenance: Descended in the Rutledge family of Charleston and Hampton Plantation; Private South Carolina Collection


excellent condition, retaining an early mellow surface, seat frame with later blocking, cracks and minor repair to crest rail at joint with one stile, old crack to medial stretcher, cracks and surface loss to rear stile at joint with left seat rail, legs with typical bumps and wear, modern leather upholstery in good condition