Salem, Essex county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1788–1793
Height: 37 1/2 in.
Sack catalogue description: Hepplewhite mahogany shield-back side chair, shield-shaped back, the crest rail carved with central basket flanked by floral drapes; the bowed and central slats with acanthus leaf and bar carving, the center slat with bellflower-carved pendants, the slats radiate from a fan-inlaid crescent; tapered molded legs, stretchers, fine original finish. This chair is branded "WF" for William Fisk (Fiske), and is identical to and apparently of the same set as a chair bearing the same brand, owned and used by Governor John Hancock in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; illustrated in Randall, American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, pl. 158. That chair is ascribed to William Fisk and was made for John Hancock. Also related is a Hepplewhite mahogany shield-back side chair attributed to Samuel Fisk and William Fisk, illustrated in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 6, p. 1578, pl. P4687. Related objects: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 6, p. 1578, pl. P4687. Book: Richard H. Randall, Jr., American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Meriden, Conn.: Meriden Gravure Co., 1965), pl. 158. Website: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/side-chair-44048 (accessed April 14, 2014). ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, p. 2048, pl. P5384. ----- YUAG catalogue note: The related side chair in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is object 30.113.
Hepplewhite mahogany shield-back side chair
Decoration and ornament -- Hepplewhite style Furniture -- United States
side chairs (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
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