I found this chair in Vt in an antique barn. It was piled on top of other things and I grabbed it over 30 years ago. I KNEW it was very very old (Museum piece of Americana). I have ONLY seen ONE picture of this type of chair in a book by George Grotz
I purchased this rural Queen Anne style chair in a barn antique shop in New England many years ago (over 30) I KNOW it is original and VERY old (Museum Quality and I think seating is original)
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Chairs of this type were made throughout New England, in this particular form mostly in the first couple of decades in the 18th century (1700-1725) but continued to be made, particularly in rural areas that were slower to adapt the changing fashions seen in urban areas.
This form of chair used to be very popular and more valuable at auction; regrettably, it's a form and style that is finding increasingly less demand with collectors.
If you'd like this appraisal to include dimensions, which is customary, please forward the overall height of the back, width of the front of the chair and depth of the chair and I'll update ASAP.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An American turned bannister-back spliint-seat side chair
New England, early 18th Century
The double-arched crest centered between ball finials, the baluster-turned stiles flanking bannister slats, over a woven trapezoidal splint seat, raised on turned legs joined by a box stretcher.
PROVENANCE: acquired from an antiques barn in Vermont circa 1990s(?)
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.