Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Southern Armchair, c.1790


probably Southern Maryland or Eastern Virginia; woods appear to be all maple with ash, hickory, or oak seat lists; proper left finial is repaired and probably an early replacement; no other breaks or repairs; split seat is 20th Cent.; the chair is decended in the family of Elizabeth Waller Blow Atkinson (d.1931) of Baltimore, her parents were Judge George Blow and Elizabeth Taylor Allmand Blow of Norfolk, Va.; a closely related example, attributed to the Rappahannock River basin, can be found in Southern Furniture 1680-1830 (Hurst & Prown), p. 69, fig. 8.1; two more related examples, both attributed to Maryland, can be seen in  Robert Morton’s Southern Antiques and Folk Art, p.21; while the chair is in all likelihood Virginia, the ovoid finials and baluster form arm stile turnings could be indicative of close by Maryland (see p.63, fig. 5.2 for finials and p.99, fig. 19.1 for baluster turnings); dimensions: 37 ¼” tall x 24” wide x 20” deep including rake