Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Maryland Chippendale Side Chair, Baltimore or Annapolis, c. 1780

Maryland Chippendale side chair

a Chippendale walnut side chair; probably made in Baltimore or Annapolis; this chair might well be from a documented set of eleven owned by Thomas Stone, Maryland signer of the Declaration of Independence at his home Haberdeventure (c. 1771) in Port Tobacco, Maryland, and later, his house in Annapolis, the Rutland-Jenifer-Stone House (now known as the Peggy Stewart House); there is presently only one known documented chair from this set, an armchair, which remained in the possession of direct descendants until sold at Sotheby’s in 2004; Carol Petrevage notes in her book Haberdeventure: Thomas Stone National Historical Site, Port Tobacco, Maryland, that Stone’s estate inventory lists “11 Walnut red bottomed Chairs”; this same armchair was used as the model in reproducing two armchairs and ten side chairs to furnish Haberdeventure (see image below), now part of the National Park Service; while no other period side chairs of this form are presently known to the author, there is photographic documentation of two armchairs, undoubtedly from the same shop, with a history of ownership in the Hill Family of Compton Bassett (c. 1783) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (see images below); another armchair is documented in Edgar Miller’s American Antique Furniture, as being owned by Arthur E. Cole of Baltimore as of 1937 (see image below); a fifth armchair sold at Butterfields Auctions, San Francisco in 2002 (see image below); the condition is excellent with no breaks or repairs and retains its original yellow pine slip-seat; neither this side chair nor the Thomas Stone armchair show any signs of ever having had glue-blocks, probably accounted for due to the redundancy of much thicker than usual rails; the side rails are through-tenoned; the back rail is chiseled with the Roman numeral III while the slip-seat is numbered XII; dimensions: 38″ tall @ crest rail x 21 1/4″ wide @ front rail x 16 5/8″ tall @ front rail


Thomas Stone Armchair

Thomas Stone Armchair (Sotheby’s)

Thomas Stone 1743-1787 by Robert Edge Pine (1784-1788) copy

Thomas Stone (1743-1787)


Haberdeventure, Port Tobacco


Haberdeventure Interior

1024px-Peggy_Stewart_House_Jul_09 copy

Rutland-Jenifer-Stone House, Annapolis

Compton Bassett 1936 copy

Compton Bassett (Library of Congress)

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Compton Bassett Hallway (Library of Congress)


Edgar Miller and Butterfields chair


This nearly identical armchair, but for the addition of a small inverted heart at the base of the splat, was part of the furnishings of Hampton Mansion, the Georgian manor owned by the Ridgley Family just north of Baltimore.