Title: Exact Replica of an American Colonial Period Philadelphia Baroque Style (Queen Anne) Compass Seat Arm Chair Ca. 1740 from the Wistar Group.
Year work was completed: 2010
Form: Arm Chair
Materials: Locally harvested American Black Walnut / Linen and Wool. The needlepoint is a period correct pattern.
Construction: The chair is constructed exactly like the original with hand cut mortice and tenons, both wedged and through, as well as sliding dovetails for the arm supports. This chair is considered by furniture makers to be one of the most challenging and difficult pieces to make due to the fact that just about every line of the chair is a curve. Most of the parts of this chair must be shaped by hand.
Size: 24" length 33" width 43' tall
Philosophy: This chair is an exact reproduction in every detail to the original This exact replica of an American Colonial Period Baroque/Queen Anne Style balloon seat armchair has now been attributed to the Wistar group by the highly respected Philadelphia furniture expert Alan Miller and is pictured and referenced in an article entitled “Flux in Design and Method” by Alan Miller in the yearly publication entitled American Furniture 2014. The original chair from which this chair was copied sold privately for $345,000.00.
Exhibitions: Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show in 2014 and 2016, The Craft Boston Show in 2016, The American Fine Craft Show Washington DC in 2016, and the AD20/21 Fine Art Show in 2017.
Effort: The layout and fabrication of this armchair required 115 hours to complete and approximately 75 board feet of solid twelve, sixteen, and eight quarter lumber.
Meaning or Importance of Material: American Black Walnut has been used in the production of both urban and rural furniture for nearly 400 years and have been revered for their strength, color, and figure. Walnut has been associated with our ability to use our minds clearly and become focused.