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Three (3) American Gothic Revival carved and gilded chairs, two armchairs and one side chair. Primary wood appears to be mahogany or walnut, now covered by older added gesso and gilt paint. All pieces with fleur-de-lys finials atop pierced arched crests with tracery carving and applied acanthus leaves, each seat back framed by carved half-columns; padded armrests supported by quarter columns with ball finials. Cluster column legs with turned caps and supports, casters to the front and raked square legs to back. Both armchairs retain part of the carved Gothic skirt. All upholstered in contemporary gold velvet fabric. Each armchair - 62-3/4" H x 28-1/2" W x 25-3/4" D overall. Side chair - 53" H x 22-1/2" W x 20" D overall. American, mid-19th century. Note: Formerly in Whirlwind Mansion, the property of Jake Butcher, the 1978 Democratic nominee for Tennessee governor and chairman of Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair. Butcher pleaded guilty to fraud in 1985 and was sentenced to a 20 year prison term, but was paroled in 1992. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN estate. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)


General wear to upholstery on all pieces as well as scattered losses to decoration and scattered losses to gilding. Front right leg of side chair is loose/broken and caster missing, needs repair. Side chair also missing one-half of finial. Both armchairs with added casters to front legs. One armchair retains carved skirt to both sides, the other retains the carved skirt to one side and partial carving to the other, both front skirts absent.

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3 American Gothic Revival Gilt Chairs

Estimate $1,200 - $1,400Aug 5, 2017