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Chair

Object Name: Chair

Object ID: 1888.005.02.4

Creator: Low & DamonFurniture Maker

Place of Origin: Concord, NH

Date: 1819

Description: Arm Chair. Made by Low & Damon, Concord, NH, for the New Hampshire State House, 1819. Modified "arrow-back" Windsor type, with rolled crest rail extending slightly beyond stiles at both sides; turned, cylindrical stiles each with encircling groove 4 1/4 inches from seat, above which fronts of stiles are flattened; stiles halved at tops to receive crest rail; four vertical spindles turned at upper and lower ends, having at the center a lozenge above an "arrow-shaped" section. Two S-curved arms with rolled ends each supported by three spindles, front spindles with urn turnings, four rear spindles repeating shape of those in chair back. U-shaped seat with slightly rounded front, upholstered over seat frame with black leather, except in spindle area where frame is exposed and outlined by decorative groove. Stiles and all but one arm spindle tenoned through seat frame. Legs turned with vase and spool elements above main elongated baluster turning; tapered cylindrical feet below ring turnings. Flat front stretcher 2 3/4 inches high, bows back and has cut-outs at ends. Three other stretchers plain and turned, each having two decorative grooves. Mahogany arms and chestnut seat frame. painted light brown, except arms, and grained; red striping. Evidence of earlier white paint with black striping. At center of crest rail is painted a rectangular panel with incurved corners, containing a representation of an eagle with outspread wings and streamers below. Row of nail holes around front of seat on underside, suggesting upholstery is not original. Seat frame made in four pieces. roll of crest rail formed by applying strip to its back. Arms tenoned through stiles. Left arm has been broken near juncture with stile. finish extensively crazed and soiled. One of a set of five

Material: Wood
Leather

Dimensions: H-36 W-23.5 D-21.75 inches

Provenance: One of a set of five chairs which were part of the original furnishings of the State House, Concord, NH (built 1816-1819), and for which Concord chairmakers and painters Low & Damon were paid. Low & Damon were in business in Concord, NH 1806-1826.

Credit Line: Gift of the State of New Hampshire

People: Low, William (1779-1847), Damon, Benjamin (1783-1872)

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