Black Painted Queen Anne Heart and Crown Arm ChairStratford area, Connecticut, 1765-1775 H. 47 ½ in. Literature: Literature: A nearly identical example is in the Silas Deane House, Wethersfield, Connecticut. Please see Robert F. Trent, "Heart and Crown Chairs", New Haven: New Haven Historical Society, 1977, pl. 17, p. 48. Condition: Retains old worn black paint over green paint. There is a very early repair to left hand scroll attached with early cut nails. Old split to front of crest rail. Replaced rush seat.
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
James Abbe, Jr. and his wife Kathryn had identical passions in life. Both had established careers in photography and shared an enthusiasm for art and antiques; their interests meshed perfectly - antiques, old buildings and photography. Mr. Abbe's particular interest in American folk art was first stirred in the 1930s when he saw the Museum of Modern Art's pioneer folk art show; even retaining the catalogue as an adult. During the 1960s Mr. Abbe's passion for antiques prompted his retirement from photography when he opened an antiques shop in Oyster Bay. An early champion of American folk art, he became one of the pre-eminent dealers on Long Island. The couple loved to go on buying trips, to antiques shows and to auctions together.
The Abbes' home is a wonderful, welcoming, sunny place. The splendid, American folk art is everywhere throughout the house: the kitchen, the bedrooms, living room, even in the bathroom, where old advertising signs hang above the sink. The folk paintings depicting young twin girls in identical white empire dresses, dating from circa 1815; their stern expressions showing an edginess which is found in the best American folk art. "What is most impressive about the furnishings is the richness, the sense there are wonders everywhere. The store closed one year before Mr. Abbe's death in 1999, but Kathryn still treasures the many folk art pieces and antiques she and her husband collected through the years. Keno Auctions is honored to bring to auction the tremendous collection the Abbes' assembled with great passion and a discerning eye," concludes Mr. Keno.
Condition Report: Retains old (19th century) black paint over green paint. There is a diagonal crack across the crest-rail( see detail photo 2 of crest) The second splat from the right has been replaced, probably in the 19th century. When it broke out, a small section of wood was lost from back side of the horizontal splat-shoe. A small gob of putty was applied to the base of the replacement splat at its juncture to the splat-shoe (see detail photo 4) There is a very early repair to left hand hold. rush seat is a replacement. Please note that although we do not normally note the fact that Feet are original, in this instance- given that early chairs such as this often have ended out ( replaced) feet-- we would like to state that the feet are indeed original. Please see image 6 for detail of front right foot.