Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

American Mahogany Corner Chair, probably Maryland, c.1780


an American mahogany “close stool” or “necessary” corner chair; the original inner rail nailing foundations for the splat shoes test microscopically as white pine; while possibly of New York origin, the English inspired splat design of “fingers” above an inverted “spade” is seen on several documented later 18th Century Maryland chairs (see below); the crest rail is dovetailed into the arm rails; the aprons are double pegged into the legs; the existing tulip poplar slip seat is old but not original; the two applied quarter rounds, presently forming seat rabbets, are also later; there is a front corner guide hole, now redundant, which was used to hold the originally larger slip seat in place; the use of imported mahogany probably indicates a coastal city-made piece; in excellent structural condition with some surface patching to old foot wear; dimensions: 17″ seat height x 25 1/2″ diagonal width x 30 1/2″ tall @ crest rail (scroll down for detail and related commode chair with Maryland history)



later quarter-round seat moldings now make the original front corner guide hole redundant

Freeman’s Auctions; November 13, 2013


Christie’s, November 5, 1985

This early New York example does not include the small circular “stem” profiles cut into the top of the splat fingers, seen on most Maryland examples as well as their George III prototypes. Christie’s, January , 19978

a George III mahogany armchair, minus the circular “stem” profiles at the top of the fingers