Spindle-back armchair


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The finials on this chair fall within a broad category that features a prominent spherical form at the top above one or two reels, a ring, or ball in many configurations. Such finials are found on seventeenth-century turned chairs from southern New England, in southeastern Massachusetts (10.125.236) and the Connecticut shore (10.125.208) that appear to date toward the end of the 1600s, and in the eighteenth century they become ubiquitous.

Spindle-back armchair, Ash, American

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