This is an American, probably Mid-Atlantic, Bird-Cage Arm Chair, made about 1800. The faux-bamboo turnings of the stiles, arm rails, and legs became the rage in Windsor chairs by 1800. It certainly seems that all known Windsors were painted, having such an array of various mixed woods that did not match. The painted surfaces of this chair have been professionally restored by William Lapham, MFA, of Schuyler in the 1980s. Bill micro-analyzed the paint traces in cracks and at joints and then duplicated them layer by layer, creating naturally worn areas from body contact. This chair is priced, however, as though it had lost its painted surface, even though it was expensively restored with buttermilk-based paint.
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