138:Red Painted Comb-Back Windsor Arm Chair
Isaac Kitchell (working 1789-1812)
New York, 1790-1795
Branded on bottom: "Ic. KITCHEL" and an owner's brand: "G.M. TIBBITS" in two places.
H. 42 1/4 in.; L. 17 1/2 in.; D. 18 3/4 in.; Leg to seat 16 3/8 in.
Literature: Nancy Goyne Evans, "American Windsor Chairs," New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996, p.199, fig. 5-10.
Continuing the Philadelphia fashion, Kitchell uses a similar crest rail with scroll motif and knuckle arms as illustrated on p. 91 of "American Windsor Chairs." A trend for high-back Windsor chairs was established in Connecticut in the 1780s, and Kitchell continued the style in New York soon after. This example, however, more closely relates to the finer details of Philadelphia models. A simpler example (with a replaced medial stretcher) is illustrated in "American Windsor Chairs," fig. 5-10. Both models feature the "Ic. KITCHEL" brand mark and an owner's brand, "G.M. TIBBITS."
Provenance: ChristieÕs, New York, 1992;
Private Collection, New York
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Collectors Joanne and Jeffrey Klein enjoy the eclectic mix of American folk art, painted furniture and modern sculpture and paintings. They love the juxtaposition of modern with traditional ranging from symbolism to widely varying textured painted and weathered surfaces. Their appreciation of form, color and texture is exhibited in their collection of exceptional painted furniture, weathervanes, redware pottery, hooked rugs and wood carvings.