Pair of superb William Cox Philadelphia fan-back Windsor chairs, c. 1768-1777
This pair of fan-back chairs features a rare Philadelphia pre Revolution brace-back. Cox’s shop on Second Street in Philadelphia spanned 1768—1811. His clients included Stephen Girard, General John Cadwalader, and General Henry Knox (a member of Washington’s cabinet.) The seats are of pine, the stretchers of maple, the spindles of hickory, and the crest rails of oak. The COX stamp appears on the bottom of one seat.
Condition: Excellent condition. The wood surfaces are excellent with tight grain and no weather damage. The crisp, bulbous turnings demonstrate the superior artistry and craft of the Cox shop. The seats are free of cracks. With traces of original red paint still visible, the chairs retain a later surface of red. The structural condition is excellent with full, uncut legs--each seat height measuring 18 inches. Repair to one crest rail.
Dimensions: SW: 18 SD: 16 ½ SH: 18" Rail Height: 36 ½