A Set of Classical Chairs
Attributed to Sherlock Spooner and George Trask
This large set of nine chairs is in excellent condition and exhibit details associated with some of the finest Boston examples. These chairs are attributed to the firm of Sherlock Spooner and George Trask based on the survival of an almost identical matching set of chairs made for Barnabus Hedge of Plymouth. One of those chairs is illustrated on page 81 of Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southern Massachusetts, 1710-1850. The chairs have saber legs front and back and moldings cover all the stiles and seat rails. Each curved crest rail has a panel of crotch mahogany veneer and is punctuated with carved acanthus leaves on either side. The back splats are composed of undulating scrolls centering a carved rosette.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O’Brien. Harbour & Home: Furniture of Southern Massachusetts, 1710-1850. Hanover & London: University Press of New England, 2009, page 81, plate 19.
The Magazine Antiques, May 1991, Seating furniture in Boston, 1810-1835, by Page Talbott. A virtually identical side chair in Pl. VIII. is stenciled “Spooner & Trask” and resides in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Height: 32½” Width: 19” Depth: 20”
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