A pair of chairs inspired by the 18th century Philadelphian chairs, reminiscent of the perfectly documented chairs by the renowned cabinetmaker Thomas Tufft (circa 1745-1788). The original chairs were part of the suite of Richard Edwards, of Lumberton, New Jersey. The set of eight chairs were recently sold for $335,625 at an auction at Doyle’s of New York.
These chairs are a restrained expression of the Rococo style prevalent at the time. Based on a Gothic design in plate 1 from Thomas Chippendale's "The Gentleman's & Cabinet-maker's Director", published in 1754, the interlaced pointed arches are enhanced by an unusual passage of carving surrounding the lower quatrefoil. The molded and C-scroll carved crest centers foliate decoration, above a pierced Gothic volute carved splat and trapezoidal seat frame enclosing a slip seat cushion, the front seat rail carved with C-scrolls centering a foliate reserve, raised on cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet. Handmade and hand finished in solid rosewood.