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.


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