One of the most beautiful Shaker chairs I have ever offered. This rocking armchair is one of only three known early community chairs incorporating the unique Shaker innovation of the cushion rail. The cushion rail is a round bentwood bar that traverses the two rear back posts to facilitate the hanging of a cushioned covering over the back slats. While interesting, it is the visual appeal of a horizontal terminus to the top of the chair that is exciting and unique to these rare examples.
This large "Elder's Chair" is constructed of maple and retains an old/original red orange stain and varnish finish.
New Lebanon, New York. Circa 1840.
H. 44", seat w. 18 1/8" (between posts), seat h. 16 1/2".
Illustrated: The Shaker Legacy, page 137.