Important L. C. Tiffany Walnut Roundabout Chair
Important L. C. Tiffany Walnut Roundabout Chair, ca. 1879-1890, each stile capped by a finely carved finial depicting a bear grasping a pumpkin, each finial differently ornamented, centered by an oak- and acorn-carved panel, the arms on bobbin-turned supports, the seat rail adorned with brass studs, raised on square legs with double-knuckled paw feet on glass balls, h. 41". Part of a very small group of seating furniture, armchairs and sidechairs in this form have occasionally surfaced. The present example in its curvate roundabout form may be unique in this body of work. Louis Comfort Tiffany was involved in several furniture and decorating enterprises from 1879 through the following decade, most notably Associated Artists, active 1879-1883, Tiffany and DeForest, active 1880-1883, and L. C. Tiffany and Company which was created to manufacture furniture and went bankrupt in 1885 while executing the Lyceum Theatre commission in New York. Tiffany continued to design interiors throughout his career, including the William Kimball house in 1887. Feet on several pieces executed for that commission resemble those on the present example.
In very good to excellent overall condition. The piece has been cleaned and polished in the past. It presently exhibits a few scattered minor scrubs, abrasions and indications of age and use. The piece is tight and solid. The carved finials atop the stiles exhibit a very small amount of play at the tenon where they meet the top rail, presumably due to old dried glue. There are chips to the tips of three toes. The upholstery is in very good to excellent condition. There are no missing brass hobnails.