Fine Authenticated American Antiques




The Pickering-Coe Family Dining Chairs

Rare and Important Set of Seven Federal Mahogany Chairs attributed to Langley Boardman (1774-1833) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire consisting of two arm and five side chairs each having she-oak panels centering the bowed crest, reeded stiles and crest with she-oak squares at each corner, four reeded diamond slats, beautifully executed arms with molded supports on the armchairs, molded tapered legs joined by H stretchers and retaining a fine old finish and mellow patina. A late 19th century side chair of identical design accompanies the set thus bringing the count to eight.

In an outstanding state of preservation and displaying their original tacking pattern.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1800-1810.

Height 35 5/8, width of armchairs 20 5/8, width of side chairs 20 1/4.



Provenance:  According to family tradition, Joseph and Temperence Coe of Durham, New Hampshire acquired the chairs at the time of their marriage in 1812.  A prominent Portsmouth merchant and ship builder, Joseph Coe was a close acquaintance of the Ffrost family, whose identical set of chairs, commissioned from Langley Boardman, now furnish the Wentworth Coolidge mansion (property of the State of New Hampshire).  See Portsmouth Furniture, Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast by Brock Jobe, pages 344-346. Chairs were purchased directly from family in 1989 by Roland Hammond, North Andover, Massachusetts.

Exhibition:  Featured in the Craft of Portsmouth Hands, catalogue page 59, accompanying a 1992 exhibit of the same name by SPNEA (Historic New England) at the Currier Museum of Art, The Portland Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneaum.

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