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L346 Antique American Shaker Cherry Ladderback Armless Rocking Chair For Sale
LOT # 346
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L346 ANTIQUE AMERICAN SHAKER CHERRY LADDERBACK ARMLESS ROCKING CHAIR
We are pleased to offer this Antique Classic American Shaker Cherry Ladderback Armless Rocking Chair. late 19th, early 20th C., having acorn finials over three shaped slats, with a incised "1" on back of top slat, over a tapering rectangular seat having blue and white taped seat, raised on turned posts, stretchered, shaped rockers. The surface appears to be original. Probable Mr. Lebanon.Shaker simplicity is nowhere more evident than in chair design. Outwardly straightforward, each element of the design was carefully considered for greatest efficiency in use. This is a tilting chair named for the device attached to the back legs. A ball-and-socket joint was invented by the Shakers so that the chair could be tilted backward without having the legs scratch the floor or cause unnecessary wear of the rugs. Shaker chairs were famous for being light in weight yet sturdy. Because they were light they could be hung on the walls while the floors were being cleaned; their sturdiness provided durability over many years. Unlike the Amish who were contemporaries, Shaker craftsmen constantly explored new techniques in chair making. Classic, pared-down styling reveals an understanding of balance, proportion, and color that places Shaker designs well above the merely functional. The Shakers always were refining chairs for special needs - such as corner chairs - welcoming a new idea, or fabricating a tool if needed. All superfluous accents were removed, leaving clean yet elegant lines. RESEARCH CONSULTED: ex: Willis Henry, Shaker sale, October 2004, Lot 120; American Antiques and Objects made for the American Market, 22nd Edition, pg. 45.
Retail Value Estimate: $500-$600
Condition: Lite scratches Weight: 5lb
Measurements (LxWxH): 18 inches x 22 inches x 34 inches
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