Possibly Thomas Brooks (1811-1887)
American, Probably New York, c. 1845
The pierced Gothic arch with quatrefoils and milk-thistle finial forming the crest of the upholstered back flanked by milk-thistle finials topping the Gothic-paneled styles continuing down to an upholstered seat and dramatically shaped rear legs. The Gothic-paneled seat rails with quatrefoils above the faceted, turned front legs terminating in brass casters.
H: 46¼” W: 18″ D: 21″ each
Condition: Excellent: Refinished in shellac in the manner of the period. Modern upholstery. Original show coat available.
These beautiful chairs, probably designed for a bedroom, relate to a group of chairs attributed to Thomas Brooks, illustrated in Katherine S. Howe and David B. Warren’s The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870 (Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1976), 19-20, figs. 20-22. A closely related example, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.