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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 588

    A CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

    ATTRIBUTED TO FELIX HUNTINGTON (1749-1822), NORWICH, CONNECTICUT, 1770-1790

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    A CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR
    Attributed to Felix Huntington (1749-1822), Norwich, Connecticut, 1770-1790
    Inside of front rail inscribed in chalk For Sidney P. Smith
    38 in. high


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    A distinctive group of chairs in both the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles can be attributed to New London County, Connecticut. While several cabinetmakers may have employed the "owl's eye" splat pattern, two sets of chairs originally owned by General Jabez Huntington (1719-1786) can be documented to Felix Huntington by two letters sent to General Huntington by his son-in-law, John Chester, of Wethersfield. See Robert F. Trent, "New London County Joined Chairs, 1720-1790," The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, 50:4 (Fall 1985), pp. 154-164 for the complete documentation and illustration of the Huntington chairs. Additional background information on Felix Huntington can be found in, Minor Myers, Jr. and Edgar deN. Mayhew, New London County Furniture, 1640-1840 (New London, CT, 1974), p.120.

    Except for being made of mahogany instead of cherry, this chair is virtually identical to a pair of chairs Huntington made for Judge Ebenezer Devotion and his wife Eunice Huntington Devotion, who was related to Felix Huntington. The pair of chairs was given to the Brookline Historical Society, Brookline, Massachusetts along with the Winthrop Chandler portraits of Ebenezer's parents, the Rev. Ebenezer and Mrs. Devotion. See Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, eds., The Devotion Family: The Lives and Possessions of Three Generations in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut (New London, CT, 1991), p.20, fig. 7. Judge Ebenezer Devotion's surviving account book, now in the New London Historical Society, further documents the considerable amount of furniture he purchased from Felix Huntington. Another set of five nearly identical chairs with a Devotion family history were recently given to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and are on display at The James Fort Plantation, Surrey County, Virginia.

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    Provenance

    Felix Huntington family, Norwich, Connecticut