704 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 United States 314.644.7066
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$ 3,800

Set of Four Yellow Fancy Chairs with Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, c. 1820

Origin United States
Period 19th Century
W. 16.5 in; D. 16.5 in;
W. 41.91 cm; D. 41.91 cm;
Seat H. 17.5 in; Back H. 33.5 in;
Seat H. 44.45 cm; Back H. 85.09 cm;
Condition Fair. Fine condition, with no repairs or repainting. One seat needs re-caning, as shown in the photo.
Creation Date 1820
Number of Pieces 4-5
Description Set of four New York yellow painted and transfer decorated fancy chairs, the crest with a fox hunt over a slat with a portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin centering painted lyres; the caned seat with grapevines to the front rail raised on turned legs joined by numerous stretchers.

Patriotic motifs were popular on Federal furniture. The bust of Benjamin Franklin on these chairs is based on a 1777 terracotta medallion by sculptor Giovanni Battista Nini (1717-1786). (See photo.) Franklin served in France as representative of the American Revolutionary government to build support for the war effort against the British. He later served as America's first ambassador to France.
Styles / Movements Americana, Federal, Traditional
Article References Nancy Goyne Evans, "Paint and Ornament on Federal Period Vernacular Chairs", The Magazine Antiques (May 2006): 112-113.
Dealer Reference Number YC01
Incollect Reference Number 358698
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