Child’s size Chippendale maple armchair with pierced ribbon back and scrolled hand holds. Retaining an early Spanish brown painted surface. New England, likely Massachusetts or Connecticut, 1775 – 1810.
Original construction throughout and retaining an early to mid 19th century Spanish brown painted surface. The woven rush seat is likely an early to mid 20th century replacement.
Tell me more: A ribbon back child’s chair is relatively rare, while adult versions were a popular style, particularly in Coastal Massachusetts, between 1775 and 1810. This chair illustrates an important period of transition and includes elements of the rococo Chippendale design combined with the emerging neo-classical influence that would result in American Federal furniture. The Chippendale elements are seen in the use of the solid straight molded legs, with the front legs topped by bulbous vasiform turned arm posts. The beginning of neo-classical style is seen in the introduction of the light and delicate feeling of the serpentine and pierced ribbon back slats.