NEW YORK, 1755-1790

The serpentine ruffle carved crestrail terminating in foliate carved scrolled ears above a pierced vase shaped splat centering a tassel over a trapezoidal slip seat and gadrooned apron, on cabriole legs with foliate carved knees and ball-and-claw feet, two later returns
37¾in. high

Lot Essay

With its ruffle carved crest and tassle-back splat, this chair is amoung a group of chairs often called "Van Rensselear," so named because at least four sets of this type have association with this prominent family. These chairs are known to have descended in the families of Stephen Van Rensselaer II, Jeremias Van Rensselear and a descendant of Killian Van Rensselear (see Heckscher, American Furntiure in the Metropolitian Museum of Art (New York, 1985)p. 70, fig. 28. While each set has varriation in the carving of the crestrail their associations are based upon the tassle-back splats, with their spade-pierced lower section. A similar example is illustrated as "best" in Sack, Fine Points of Furniture(New York, 1950)p. 42.

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