Federal Scroll-Back Chair

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February 19, 2015
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Federal Scroll-Back Chair

Federal Scroll-Back Chair

This chair was built to complement a desk with gallery previously made for the same customer. Because of the size of the desk, I needed a relatively small chair, something that is rather unusual historically. Several known originals of this John and Thomas Seymour design exist, one of which can be seen at Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware. Although small in size, this chair presents many challenges to the chair maker. The crest rail is unusual in that it is turned on the lathe using three different centers, resulting in a curved shape that mirrors the curve of the rest of the back. The curved straps that form the diamond of the splat are also interesting in that they are curved in two dimensions, both from top to bottom and from side to side. The chair has many other unusual features including the tapered front legs that cant outward, reeded ebony feet, extensive use of satinwood inlaid panels, carved ebony in the splat and turned ebony buttons at the top of the back legs.


mahogany, yellow birch (seat frame), satinwood and ebony inlay




35 H x 18 W x 16 D