Philadelphia Rococo Shell Carved Side Chair, Ca. 1760
America Ca. 1760
A wonderful example of Colonial Philadelphia rococo craftsmanship and design in the “Chippendale” manner. It is made from very hard dark dense mahogany, most likely imported from Hispaniola and referred to as “Santo Domingan Mahogany”. The cupid’s bow crest rail has a central shell and carved ears. The crest rail and rear stiles have a single beaded edge. The seat rail has a central shell and the side rails are tenoned through the rear stiles. The two front legs have shell carved knees and end in raised pad feet.
This chair matches a pair illustrated in the Nov. 1958 Brochure #3 edition of “American Antiques From The Israel Sack Collection”. Undoubtedly by the same maker and possibly the same set as the illustrated pair in the Sack Brochure.
Excellent antique condition.
41.5" H X 23" W X 21" D