Thumb back fancy painted arm chair, Portland, ca. 1830

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 (1898-1945) 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.

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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: Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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