Pair of New York Chippendale mahogany dining chairs, ca. 1770
, each with a shell and acanthus carved crest over a pierced splat and slip seat, supported by shell carved cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet. A nearly identical chair from the Van Rensselaer family is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Opulence and Splendor The New York Chair 1690-1830
, Bernard & S. Dean Levy 1984, pg.14. Provenance: Joe Kindig Jr. & Son, 1987; The Collection of Daniel Heisler and Mary Jane Sheppard, Lutherville, MD.
#1 - pegs added to top of one stile and next to seat rail through tenon, original slip seat, corner blocks replaced. #2 - several repaired breaks to splat, patch to rear of one stile at crest, pegs added next to seat rail through tenon, original slip seat, corner blocks replaced.