Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Baltimore Windsor Side Chair, c.1820


a Baltimore “tablet-top” Windsor sidechair; the tapered crest “wings”, crest rail tablet, chamfered crest ears, decorated spindle medallion, and seat-front projection are all Baltimore characteristics (see Chipstone American Furniture, 1993, p.88, Nancy Goyne Evans); the chair retains its original black paint with yellow pinstriping and decoration; the tablet decoration is based on the well known “opposing Griffins” motif that could be seen on the high style Baltimore furniture mimicked by these more common, everyday forms; a related settee sold at Freeman’s Auctions, November 19, 2005; dimensions: 33 1/4′ high x 16 3/4′ wide (seat) x 22″ wall depth (scroll down for details)



Bidding for this diminutive early 19th-century paint-decorated settee opened at $500 and ended at $95,225. The buyer was on the phone with Don Walter, a general cataloger at Freeman’s. The underbidder was either James Glazer or Milly McGehee. “It is a great design, untouched paint decoration, the best example, a real gem, and it was made in Baltimore,” said Windsor chair expert Charles Santore, who came to watch. Another example, stripped, is at Winterthur and pictured in Nancy Goyne Evans’s article in the 1993 Chipstone American Furniture journal, page 89. Freeman’s photo. Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 19, 2005. (