Child’s Fancy Windsor Bamboo Turned Armchair

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Child’s Windsor bamboo turned armchair with yellow paint and floral stencil decoration.  New England, 1820-1845.

Tell me more: The bold yellow paint, floral design and black pin stripe all lead to the designation of “Fancy”.  In “American Fancy”, author Sumpter Priddy states “Creativity was especially common in smaller shops, where workmen had greater freedom to interpret decorative details or where customers could specifically request commissioned work.  Here patron and artisan alike has latitude to test their skills by designing works with playful conceits and exceptionally brilliant colors, or distorting certain elements to increase the surface area available for ornamentation and to elicit a response from the viewer.”