Two New York Federal Mahogany Chairs
ca. 1800, in the Hepplewhite taste, each with a shield back, one with a backsplat with foliate, vine and swag carving, h. 36-1/2", and the other with three upright splats, the center one with a fan top and the back on unusual double serpentine supports, h. 39-1/2".
Provenance: The chair with foliate, vine and swag carving was reputedly purchased by the consignor from Ginsburg & Levy, New York.
Literature: A similar chairback to the example with the fan top is illustrated in Montgomery, American Furniture of the Federal Period, pl. 56, p. 109.
Both are in good sturdy condition. The taller one has minor abrasions to the top front edge of the arched crest top. No sign of damage or repairs. Good color and patina to the surface of both.