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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 536

    A BLUE-PAINTED SACK-BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIR

    ATTRIBUTED TO AMOS DENISON ALLEN (1774-1855), SOUTH WINDHAM, CONNECTICUT, 1795-1805

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A BLUE-PAINTED SACK-BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIR
    Attributed to Amos Denison Allen (1774-1855), South Windham, Connecticut, 1795-1805
    Retains original blue paint
    32¾ in. high


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    This dynamic sack-back Windsor armchair was probably made by Amos Denison Allen between 1790-1795 when he was apprenticed to the prolific Windsor chair maker Ebenezer Tracy of Lisbon, Connecticut. Though not branded the chair descended in the Allen family. It is stylistically influenced in its individual parts by Tracy. The same basic seat design, the same leg and stretcher profiles, and the same construction details were used in the Tracy shop.

    Though influenced by Tracy this chair becomes a singular Windsor statement when realized by A. D. Allen; The design becomes more aggressive and bolder. The beautifully turned arm supports rake forward echoing the dramatic leg splay. This tension is further emphasized by the flare of the back spindles that swell suddenly right below the arm rail, then fan dramatically upward into a tight bow which is slightly lower than most Allen or Tracy chairs. The overall effect of this is very powerful. Also this Windsor retains its original blue paint. I believe it is one of the great examples of Connecticut Windsor chair making.


    Charles Santore, November 2007

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Descended in the family of Amos Denison Allen
    David Schorsch, Inc., Woodbury, Conencticut


    Literature

    Charles Santore, The Windsor Style in America (Philadelphia, 1981), vol. II, pp. 33, plate IX.