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A SET OF FOURTEEN ENGLISH MAHOGANY LADDER-BACK DINING CHAIRS
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A SET OF FOURTEEN ENGLISH MAHOGANY LADDER-BACK DINING CHAIRS

TWELVE GEORGE III, CIRCA 1770, TWO LATER

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A SET OF FOURTEEN ENGLISH MAHOGANY LADDER-BACK DINING CHAIRS
TWELVE GEORGE III, CIRCA 1770, TWO LATER
Comprising two armchairs and ten side chairs, each with four pierced and foliate carved splats, above close-nailed gold velvet seat, on molded square legs joined by stretchers, some stamped on backrail, backrail stamped WH, with inventory label inscribed D.R. 53.1814, with two later side chairs
Provenance
Acquired from Needham's Antiques, New York, June 1960.
Literature
D. Fennimore et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Decorative Arts, New York, 1992, vol. IV, p. 287, no. 293.
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Shortly after we were married, we bought a number of Williamsburg reproductions on a trip to Williamsburg in 1941. Among the pieces we acquired was a set of ladderback Chippendale dining-room chairs, which we used for nearly twenty years in our dining room at Hudson Pines. We had always hoped that we might some day find a set of antique chairs of the same general design. Finally, in 1960, we found a set at Needham's and were delighted to be able to buy them. The Williamsburg reproductions have now been relegated to a guesthouse at Pocantico.
D. R.

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