Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Set of Four Maryland Chippendale Side Chairs, c.1780


a rare set of four carved mahogany side chairs; the lack of relief carving on the splats (specifically the wishbones), the wider seat rails, the absence of through-tenons at the rear rails, the accentuated trapezoidal rake of the rear stiles and legs, and the original yellow pine slip-seat frames all allude to a Maryland attribution; moreover, the urban use of imported mahogany (versus walnut or cherry) indicates a more likely Baltimore or Annapolis origin; an identical chair from the Ellicott Family of Baltimore County can be seen in Miller’s American Antique Furniture (No. 129, p.157); a similar pair, identified as “made regionally”, is in the collection of the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis; another pair was part of the early 20th Century collection of John R. Grove, The Pratt Mansion, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland; a pair with identical dimensions, possibly from the same set, is in the collection of Historic Williamsburg, although assigned a Virginia attribution (Acc. No. 1940-342,1); all four chairs have recently been conserved, including structural tightening, seat re-upholstering, and older finish amendment; there are several splat repairs throughout, as well as one chair having 2″ spliced repairs to its’ rear feet; dimensions: OH (seat): 16 3/4″, OW: 20 1/2″, OD: 17 1/4″



American Antique Furniture, Edgar Miller, Jr.

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ex. collection of Mr. John R. Grove, the Pratt Mansion, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland


The Pratt Mansion, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

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Baltimore Chippendale chairs Antiques Feb. '49 copy

The Magazine Antiques, February 1949