Set of 4 19C African American Parlor Chairs

PRESENTING an ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, EXTREMELY RARE and VERY IMPORTANT Set of 4 19C African American Parlor Chairs.

The first thing to note is that 3 of the chairs are matching but the fourth is somewhat larger and slightly different in its carving.

Set of 4 19C African American Parlor Chairs


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What makes these chairs OUTSTANDING and IMPORTANT is their provenance and history!!

These parlor chairs were made by an African-American slave in or around 1860 for the Collins-Haines Plantation in East Texas.......near Quitman in Wood County.

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It appears that the History of these chairs is as follows:-

 

The Collins Family left Mississippi in 1859 (before the Civil War), probably in anticipation of the impending Civil War. They moved to near Quitman in Wood County and took their slaves with them. One of these African-American slaves was a skilled cabinet/furniture maker and the Collins Family obviously held him in high esteem as they built him a workshop beside the main home, where he manufactured and built furniture not only for the Collins House but also to sell to local people.

Collins-Haines Home

1860 - First brick structure in Wood County. Erected by James A. and Harriet C. Collins, 1859 settlers from Mississippi. Bricks were molded and burned nearby; furniture crafted in plantation shop by Collins and slaves. They also planted fine gardens and landscapes. Past this home, 1861-1865, marched Confederate units, to Civil War. Since 1870 owned by family of George W. Haines. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965

1/2 mi. SE on FM 778 (Horton Street) Quitman, Texas

Wood County

Link: http://uncoveredtexas.com/texas-historical-markers-detail.php?city=Quitman&county=Wood&type=Historical%20Marker&an=5499008953

Primary view of object titled '[Collins-Haines House]'.

Photograph of the Collins-Haines House (located at East Horton Street) in Quitman, Texas.

This photograph is part of the collection entitled:THC Historic Resources Survey Collection and was provided by Texas Historical Commission to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by theUNT Libraries. More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

Link: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth675724/

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ADDITIONAL INFO: Link: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91051/m1/21/

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AFRICAN AMERICAN FURNITURE check out this Article: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-02-06/news/9402060495_1_new-orleans-auction-three-african-american-craftsman-henry-boyd-william-coons

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OR THIS BOOK ON TEXAS FURNITURE:

Link: https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbooks.google.com%2Fbooks%3Fid%3De_39jZXQu1QC%26pg%3DPA7%26lpg%3DPA7%26dq%3Dearly%2B19th%2Bcentury%2BTexas%2Bcabinet%2Bmakers%2Bparlor%2Bchairs%26source%3Dbl%26ots%3D08CJXpoKEG%26sig%3DNnUxzl1R3ixlMgRcN6s_rUdOF08%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26ved%3D0ahUKEwiOw-r62p7YAhVBPiYKHaWNB2IQ6AEITTAK%23v%3Donepage%26q%26f%3Dfalse&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4742ccd986be4d7e362f08d54997097f%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636495835397953598&sdata=hgM8q3cZh0C4jd8xv78%2BkTpPK%2BkQLtgl3aehzy4J1AM%3D&reserved=0

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THESE CHAIRS ARE A PIECE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AND TEXAS FURNITURE HISTORY!!

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SPECIFIC PROVENANCE: These chairs were purchased by a Mrs. Mary Lawrence during an estate sale that the then owners of the Collins-Haines Home held at this historic home about 8-10 years ago. The chairs were stored in rooms about her home since then and rarely used. Mrs. Lawrence wrote to a surviving family member to get more information about the chairs.  Carol & Jerry Jackson replied to her by letter dated August 23rd 2008 and enclosed documentation including old family photos of the chairs in position in the Collins-Haines Home in the early and mid-20th Century.The older photographs and a letter from that family member were sent to her to support the history told to her upon purchase.

In the older black and white photo, taken around 1918 (just after WW1) the chairs can be seen in the background. This photo also has a notation attached to the rear.

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Each chair has been wonderfully hand-carved by this 'unknown' African American Slave. The wood is dark walnut. Each sits on turned cabriolet legs with a carved molding to the front seat and a serpentine front. Each back splat has 2 sections, each with hand-carved floral motifs. Simply GORGEOUS hand carving by an EXTREMELY TALENTED furniture-maker.

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Set of 4 19C African American Parlor Chairs.

Condition: Re-upholstered but very fine re-upholstery work. Chairs are in SUPERB condition.

Provenance: See above.

Dimensions: The 3 Matching Chairs are:

The larger single chair is:

KINDLY NOTE: We are selling these 4 chairs as a set. Even though one of the chairs is different than the 3 matching ones they were made by the same maker for the Collins-Haines House. It would be 'sacrilege' to separate them.....the MUST stay together. Do not even ask us to split them up!!

Price: $8,500.00 (Set of 4) Sale Price Now: $6,000.00 ( Set of 4)