Windsor Birdcage Side Chair

Will Paulsen

As Windsors go, this one is rather unique. Note the pinched, less than 90°, top corners, where the crest rail joins the side stiles. This is an almost insignificant, but well known, design feature that was used by John Letchworth, a Philadelphia chair maker. It also happens to be a design feature drawn in a letter of some chairs ordered by Thomas Jefferson to his agent in Richmond, requesting him to look for a shipment of chairs that should arrive for delivery to Monticello.

So, the mystery remains shrouded. This may be a Jefferson chair from Monticello and it may not be. It certainly appears consistent with Jefferson’s drawing! But it is certainly not priced like it is a side chair from the floors of Monticello. Future research must yet reveal the truth.


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