Colonial: William and Mary country corner chair:

  • Flat top rail curving toward rounded handholds, with molding over center of rail serving as backrest
  • Top rail supported by 3 baluster-turned stiles that continue below rectangular rush seat as block-and-vase-turned legs

  • Front leg terminating in scrolled Spanish foot, other 3 with plain bun feet.
  • Paired stretchers on all sides; vase-and-ring-turned on 2 front sides, plain in rear.
  • Maple. Rush seat.

  • Possibly made in New York; also throughout New England, c. 1710-60
  • Besides being used in corners, corner chairs were ideal desk chairs, and many of the more elegant designs were made to hold chamber pots. The rush-seated country version shown here, however, could not have held a pot since its seat cannot be lifted
  • Turned legs are a William and Mary trait that continued to be used in simple country chair designs after the mid-18th century, long after the Queen Anne style became fashionable.

    Text source: Marvin D. Schwartz, American Furniture: Tables, Chairs, Sofas and Beds. Pub. in 2000, #33