Pair of 18thC Side Chairs, Ex-Collection
From a collection of 18th century furniture in Manhattan (New York), these chairs were made in Canada. The chairs, most likely walnut, are deeply carved in handsome, rugged bulls eyes and turnings. The carving is distinctive of Canadian vernacular furniture.
The chairs are a matched pair of side or hall chairs ~ chairs designed to multi-task. They are easy to lift and move from room to room and they're versatile in nature. When the chairs came to us, they were without seats. We had an upholsterer versed in restoring antique pieces clean & polish them. He replaced the seats; we had them upholstered in a handsome crewel-worked fabric. Each chair is 35"H X 15"W X 14 1/4"D.
Because of their early manufacture, the seats are low to the ground. People were smaller back then. The chairs are in great condition, and can hold just about any person comfortably. A similar pair is on exhibit at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls in upstate NY.