Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States ca. 1740–1760
42 1/4 x 32 1/2 in.
Sack catalogue description: Queen Anne walnut armchair of first rank, the chair features finely sculptured arms with knuckle terminals and lamb's-tongue molded arm supports, the webbed sell on the crest rail is complemented by shell-carved knees; the cabriole legs are of superior grace and end in drake feet, the vase-shaped splat is of solid finely figured crotch walnut, the seat frame and knee returns are the originals and the patina is a deep bronze. A silvered placque at the back reads, "Given by Anthony Franklin / (his first wife's father) to / Ezekiel Robins in 1795." An old photograph, dating about 1900, shows the chair in a parlor of the old homestead in Morristown, New Jersey; descent of the chair derived from family records is as follows: 1) Anthony Morris of Philadelphia, a brewer (born 1705, died 1780); married Sarah Powel, daughter of Samuel Powel, 1730; Anthony Morris was a wealthy landowner in Philadelphia and lived in the brick Morris Mansion on North and Second Street; 2) Deborah Morris, daughter of Anthony and Sarah (Powel) Morris (born Philadelphia 1736, died New York 1787); married John Franklin, son of Thomas Franklin of New York, 1756; 3) Anthony Franklin, son of John and Deborah (Morris) Franklin (born New York 1768, died 1854); 4) Sarah Franklin, daughter of John and Deborah (Morris) Franklin (born New York 1757, died 1798); married Ezekiel Robins; 5) direct descendant. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 5, pp. 1360–1361, pl. P4303.
Queen Anne walnut armchair
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, October 1976 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.