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  OVERSIZED & WHIMSICAL, PAINT-DECORATED, PENNSYLVANIA SETTEE, CA 1865-1870, MADE BY WILLIAM F. SNYDER, MIFFLINTOWN CHAIR WORKS
Dimensions (inches): 34.75" H x 78" H x 25" D
Description:
Paint decorated settee with one of the most bold and recognizable forms in rural Pennsylvania chair-making. Sometimes given the nickname "big bench" by Pennsylvania antiques enthusiasts, this iconic example was made between 1860 and 1875 in the shop of William F. Snyder, who operated under the name Mifflintown Chair Works in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, Juniata County.

The huge, scrolled, wooden plank seat is accompanied by an equally oversized crest rail and lyre back slats. The background color is oyster white and is decorated with gold and green floral designs The influence of Baltimore furniture makers was not lost on Snyder, who seems to have preferred the much more voluptuous, ogee profile lines found in his turnings, seats, slats, and crests, but also preferred background colors that were more formal, usually white or black, which were colors not often found in rural Pennsylvania chairs of any form during the mid 19th century.

There is minor to significant craquelure throughout, which endearing shows its age and presents the sort of appearance that is visually attractive to connoisseurs of American folk art.

Condition: The paint and decoration are original. A micro-thin coat of satin urethane was added to hydrate and solidify the surface.
   
Primary Color: white, green, gold
Earliest Date: 1865
Latest Date: 1870
For Sale Status: Available
Price $22,500
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