Contributed by Old York Historical Society
Belonged to Elizabeth Bishop Perkins (1869-1952), York summer resident. May have been inherited by Perkins through her mother's family, the Sowles of VT. Possibly of New York manufacture. Probably re-decorated by Esther Stevens Brazer (-1945) of Portland about 1935. Brazer was a researcher, chronicler and teacher of 19th century decorative arts.
Straight top rail with thumb back. Four arrow-shaped back slats between top and lower rails. Gray-green paint with grapes, grape leaves and acorn decoration in gold leaf gilt and red highlights. Arms with two arrow-shaped supports. Caned seat. Two side stretchers and one back stretcher plain turned, one front stretcher vase turned. Button feet.
About This Item
- Title: Thumb back fancy painted arm chair, Portland, ca. 1830
- Creator: Brazer, Esther Stevens
- Creation Date: circa 1830
- Subject Date: circa 1830
- Town: Portland, St. Albans, York
- County: Cumberland, Franklin, York
- State: ME, VT
- Media: Maple, ash and birch primary woods
- Dimensions: 82 cm x 47 cm x 40 cm
- Local Code: H.1982.143
- Collection: Bequest of Elizabeth Bishop Perkins
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Perkins, Elizabeth B.
- Brazer, Esther S.
- Sowles, Hiram B.
- Sowles, Mary Ann Gadscomb
- Sowles, Mary Ann Gadcomb
For more information about this item, contact:Old York Historical Society
P.O. Box 312, York, ME 03909
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