|Comb-back Windsor writing armchair with original drawers and pull-out slide
Attributed to Colonel Ebenezer B.Tracy, Sr. (1744-1803)
Lisbon,Connecticut, circa 1780
Height 45 inches, Width 36-1/2 inches, Depth 16 inches
Recognized as icons of American seating furniture, examples of this type are found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield, Yale University Art Gallery, Bayou Bend, Winterthur and The Henry Ford Museum.
This armchair came from the personal collection of William L. Warren, a noted scholar of Connecticut antiques, whose long and distinguished career in the museum field included curatorial positions at The Connecticut Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village and The Litchfield Historical Society. It was twice owned by the firm of Nathan Liverant and Son, first in 1973 and again in 1986, when it was sold to a distinguished Midwestern private collection assembled under the guidance of David A. Schorsch. It is illustrated in Liverant’s advertisement in the The Magazine Antiques, September 1973, p. 364, and David A. Schorsch , “Living with antiques, A collection of American folk art in the Midwest,” The Magazine Antiques, October 1990, plate IX, p. 781.