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Set of 6 Rare Federal Painted Fancy Chairs Item # F7796

Circa 1820s

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$1,800.00 $2,250.00

When these chairs were made, America was a young and fiery 30 years old. The burgeoning Republic consisted of only 23 states, and the Missouri and Northwest territories were in dispute. There was not much west of the Mississippi River (no California), and also no Texas or Florida. There was no passenger railway at all, most folks thought tomatoes were poisonous, and Noah Webster had yet to publish his First American Dictionary of the English Language.

At a time like that, owning a set of beautifully painted Fancy Chairs like these was a sign of extraordinary wealth and privilege. They were called 'fancy' not because they were ornate, but because they inspired a 'flight of fancy' - taking one away from the drab, dirty, and petty concerns of everyday life in those times.

Two centuries later, the condition of these rare survivors varies - two of the side chairs and the sole remaining arm chair, while fragile, are solid enough for use as they are, in untouched original condition. Complete restoration work might be undertaken for the remaining three, perhaps by a reeding expert, or they can be enjoyed as they are: true museum pieces representing fine early American furnishings, dating to the early years of the 19th century. These will go to a special home, one that appreciates the history and meaning of these pieces, while understanding that their condition only adds to their character and authenticity.

  • Historical Style: Traditional

  • Features turned spindles, forming a Federalist-era slat-back composition.
  • Painted bentwood panels grace each seat-front.
  • All components, including reeded rushed seats, finishes and paints are original.
  • Condition Notes: Please see description and all photos for detailed account of condition.

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Set of 6 Rare Federal Painted Fancy Chairs

Circa 1820s

On Sale!

$1,800.00 $2,250.00