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Windsor armchair

1797
Origin: America, New York, New York
OH: 35 1/4"; OW of seat front: 16 3/4"; OD if seat center:17 1/4"
Tulip poplar, maple, oak or hickory.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1972-466,1
Windsor armchair; continuous bow, inner and outer ridge on face tapers off at curve to flat arm which flares at end; two spindles, arm support beneath each arm extends through rail. Back has nine spindles, two on each end do not penetrate through rail, other 5 do; roughly shaped, thick seat; deep ridge at top rear extending along sides to break; four baluster legs extend through seat; baluster-turned stretchers; originally upholstered. (Part of set of 2 armchairs and 3 side chairs).

Woods: Seat, tulip; arm supports, legs & stretchers: maple; bow, spindles: oak or hickory.
Provenance:According to source, they are believed to have been made for Killian K. Van Rensselaer of Claverack, New York (1763-1845) and Margarita Sanders, daughter of John I.
Mark(s):Labels or remnants thereof beneath each seat.
#1) Remnants of label, outline and paper corners all that are visible. Tack and holes of a second label horizontally over it; also now gone.
#2) Label beneath seat, complete, yellowed, 4 tack holes in it. Tear on right side through margin. Glued on. 3 1/4" x 4" "JOHN DE WITT"/Windsor Chair Maker/No. 47, Water-Street near/Coenties Slip, New York."
#3) Remnants of DeWitt label, mostly lower middle, very bad condition, tacks, fragments of Galatian label over it.
#4) Label beneath seat. Same label as #2, badly discolored, needs treatment. Wording only partially visible. Looks like other label (Galatian's) was tacked over it; nails and remnants of this still in place.
#5) Galatian label (4 5/8" x 3") nailed over glued DeWitt label, only partially visible beneath. Label partly broken off and missing on edges, nailed with six nails: "WILLIAM W. GALATIAN,/ Upholsterer & Paper-Hanger/ No. 10, WALL-STREET, NEW-YORK./ INFORMS his friends and the public in general that he carries on/ the above BUISNESS in all its branches on the most reasonable/ terms: Those Ladies and Gentlemen who favor him with their em-/ ploy may depend upon their work being done with neatness and dis-/ patch ---Vessels supplied with MATRASSES, and orders from the/ country carefully attended to./ MAY, 1797”