A straight set of 14 open federal dining chairs C1850, probably Salem Massachusetts, in Faux Rosewood and in excellent condition. It is very rare to find a complete set of so many chairs in such good condition.
Faux Rosewood was very fashionable towards the end of the Federal era and required a great deal of skill to execute. The plain timber, usually birch but always a white wood, was hand painted with a spirit paint to imitate the grain and colour of Rosewood. The artists work is not lost over time either as the colour goes deep into the timber and so can be treated as normal rosewood and be revived and polished as needed.
The chairs benefit from a harebell carved top rail, delicate foliate splat, caned seats and applied seat cushions which are secured by "biscuits". They are of fine appearance, the fluted and crowned front leg is believed to have been prevalent from the workshops in Mass. early C19th.
One front rail and one lower rail replaced.
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Please look at the Waring and Gillows dining table I also have listed which compliments this set of chairs beautifully and provides the perfect fit for the full set, a price can be negotiated for the full set.