Lot 179
Two New England Federal Inlaid Mahogany Shield Back Side Chairs
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Attributed to Massachusetts, late 18th century, the first: having five central molded vertical supports set within a molded shield form frame tapering down to an inlaid fan point, over-upholstered seat, serpentine front seat rail, square molded and tapered front legs, flush stretcher base, down-swept rear legs (37.25 x 21.5 x 20 in., seat height 17 in.); the second: having four molded vertical supports set within a molded shield form frame with lower veneered point, over-upholstered seat with brass tack trim, square tapered front legs with light wood line inlay, flush stretcher base, down-swept rear legs (37 x 21 x 22 in., seat height 17 in.)

From the Collection of the late Dr. Margery Williams Adams and Dr. George Carlisle Adams, Charlotte, North Carolina
Margery and Carlisle Adams were lifelong patrons of the arts in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. They met in Paris where they were both Fulbright Scholars, she studying at the Sorbonne, and he teaching Pediatrics to French physicians.

Margery (1921-2022) grew up in Worcester, MA. She graduated from Smith College, held a Masters and a Ph.D. in Art History from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University), and taught Art History at Radcliffe and Queens College in Charlotte. She inherited from her uncle - Frank Smith, a Worcester attorney - an extraordinary art collection of Italian antiques and works by early 20th century contemporary artists, the core of which has been donated to the Worcester Art Museum and Smith College Museum of Art. Her personal interest in collecting focused on New England furniture and 18th century coin silver spoons. She was instrumental in securing the Delhom Ceramics Collection for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

Carlisle Adams (1923-1996) graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and began collecting early American furniture and paintings during his freshman year of college to furnish a spartan dorm room. His eclectic tastes encompassed French fans and paintings, Italian furniture, and Persian rugs, his vast collection now residing at San Diego State University. He was a lifelong opera enthusiast, and he served on the boards of both the Charlotte Opera and the Charlotte Symphony.

The first: later upholstery with staining; wear and denting at legs; later corner brace blocks.

The second: later upholstery in poor condition; chip and loss at lower portion of shield back; stretcher is loose and re-attached; missing two original brace blocks and retaining two original brace blocks.

$800 - 1,200