American Furniture in the Bybee Collection by Charles L. Venable

By Charles L. Venable

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A catalogue, released in organization with the Dallas Museum of paintings, of the 82-piece number of old furnishings lately received through the museum. first-class colour plates and extra diagrams convey the backs and bottoms to illustrate the main points of building. The textual content relates the heritage, value, constitution and situation, woods used, dimensions, provenance, and exhibitions and courses for every piece.

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1987. 29. All information on the construction and condition was furnished by Edward F. laFond who recently restored the works. see Edward F. Lafond. letter to the author, 1 Nov. " WOODS: Veneer, moldings, case sides, American black walnut; one finial, soft maple; other two finials, beech; two horizontal boards in bonnet, Spanish cedar; blocks inside bonnet (replacements), fir. DIMENSIONS: H. 5); H. 2); w. 2); D. ]). ; Bybee Col· lectlon, 1954. EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS: Fairbanks 1968, 77 ; Whitehill 1974, fig.

Although thischair isa finely crafted example. with the rear stiles being cut from solid walnut , it isless elaborate than many related chairs. By paying more , the original owner of this chair could have had additional shells carved on its knees and clawand-ball feet added to the front legs. STRUCTURE AND CONDITION: This chair is joined with mort ise-and-tenon construction throughout. The rear stiles are cut from the solid. Their inside rear corners are chamfered below the inward curve. The splat is shaped to follow the contour of the sitter's back.

No. 247. ' Through the importation of such chairs and the immigration of British-trained chairmakers, this type of chair was transplanted to colonial America in the second quarter of the eighteenth century. Chairs decorated with shells, similar to those seen here, were made in New York. Newport , and Boston. ' The Bybee chairs are part of a large group which has traditionally been attr ibuted to Newport. ' However. s Such chairs were probably made in both cabinetmaking centers. At present, it is not possible to distinguish with certainty the products of the two towns.

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