Hepplewhite Decorated Chairs With Mahogany Arms

By Courtesy of Howard Reîfsnyder, Esq. Photographs by Dillon

SHERATON SIDE CHAIRS OF CHASTE DESIGN Loaned by R. T. Haines Halscy, Esq., to the Metropolitan Museum usually considered the earlier in England, but their use probably depended greatly upon their appropriateness to the general contour and weight of the chair.

One chair with the French splayed foot is shown in Plate 49 B. The Hepplewhite firm made much furniture in what they frankly called "The French taSte" but the phase was not adopted in America.

Two of the moSt charming of the back-designs are those in Plate 50. In A each baluSter is a cornucopia. That of B would appear to be an American design, as I have never seen it in an English chair. However— one who has closely observed furniture for a number of years may write that he has never seen a certain feature under certain conditions and, as soon as that Statement gets into print, may encounter the very thing!

Plate 51 B illustrates a pair of painted chairs in which the original decoration of blue forget-me-nots on an old ivory ground has carefully been restored. The arms are of mahogany. According to a certificate or declaration signed by the Rev. George W. Mac-laughlin, these chairs were presented to him in 1864 by Colonel Jones, a nephew of Mr. Chew, at the time Mr. Maclaughlin was paStor of the Haines Street M. E. Church, Germantown, the certificate Stating that they occupied positions in the reception-room or parlour of the famous Chew House, Cliveden, Germantown, Philadelphia.

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