Rare Chair in the Form of a Banjo


Birch, maple, ebony and tulip poplar chair in the form of a banjo. The chair back is in the form of a head and neck of the banjo. The front section is a thick lamination of bird’s-eye maple with five inlaid ebony strings beginning at the peg positions and running down the neck to the seat. The back tail of the neck has a beautifully incised curved decoration. The seat has a quilted maple burl like grain and the inlaid strings follow the line of the strings in the neck through the center of the seat. The lines intersect with the inlaid bridge and then angle in where they terminate into the curved shaped inlaid tail piece. The skirt of the chair is in the form of a side of a banjo with 18 spaced and applied maple skin tensioners. There is a beaded maple edge which goes around the circumference just below the top lip of the seat. The chair has reversed tapered boldly turned legs which look like two draw telescope. The chair has an “I” shaped stretcher with bold bulbous turnings. (F-520) Note: This chair was probably one of a set of four that were created with an accompanying tambourine shaped footstool. The other chairs and their whereabouts are listed below: 1. Private Collection Connecticut 2. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 3. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia (Accession No. 1991.2000.4) The chair is illustrated in their publication “Colonial Williamsburg Celebrates 75 Years of Collecting, 2001.” The chair was exhibited at the Colonial Williamsburg exhibition at the Winter Antiques Show at 2001. For this exhibition Williamsburg selected the finest examples from their collection. Condition: The chair is in excellent condition and has a mellow age patina. Dimensions: Height 41 1/4 inches; Width 14 5/8 inches; Depth 19 1/4 inches.

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