England, c1720
1936 Colonial Williamsburg Acquisition (1936 Christie's London*)



 The concave crestrail over a solid vasiform splat sided by shaped stiles and s-curved arms with outward curving carved scrolled handholds and c-curve supports, above a trapezoidal slip seat with shaped front seatrail, raised on front cabriole legs ending in snake feet, the raking back legs chamfered to all four sides; generously proportioned; the seat nicely upholstered in antique silk damask;

Provenance :
*Colonial Williamsburg Collection, bearing the 1936 museum acquisition inventory number 1936-291;

documents available refelcting purchase by John Rockefeller from Christie's London in 1936,

with subsequent exhibition locations of Governors Palace, Burt House, and Lightfoot House



Open arms chairs are somewhat rare in the first quarter of the 18th century. 

Many fairly faithful copies were made in the late 19th century – often marketed as 18th century. 

However this one is right in every respect.  

There is conjecture that this chair might be Irish, due to the size and snake feet. 

However, in my personal opinion, it is English.


 Condition : Excellent for age and usage; expected scuffs and nicks; a repair to the arm and crest/stile attachment on each side;
two small now-filled holes on each stile for an unknown reason; replaced seat blocks; expected signs on old worming


39.75” High x 28” over handholds

27” Total Depth

Seat : 18” High x 23” Wide x 17” Deep


Price : Please Inquire 














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George I Walnut Open Armchair, c1720, Colonial Williamsburg Collection, with inventory label