Posting ID : A1068533583
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Antiques By Owner
~For sale: Antique Windsor Double Saddle Back settee by the Famous Early American Furniture Maker and Historian, Wallace Nutting! A very rare piece!
~If you love Antiques, Early American furniture, art pieces, especially Windsor, I hope you know who Wallace Nutting is. If not, please research him. You'll be so glad you did! (See note below)
~Windsor settees are usually the more common square back design. However, this one is made with the "Double Saddle Back" design (or "Bow-Back") which is so difficult to make but so worth the painstaking time and cost to make it! Its SO beautiful to look at, extremely comfortable and a piece you'll be proud to showcase for years to come! Those who know about antique Windors know exactly what I am talking about.
~Double Saddle Back: The back of the settee has two rounded backs that cross over and even INTO each other, like double rounded arches! The rods that come down the backs (in fact, EVERY PIECE of W. Nuttings furniture store) are hand carved to fit perfectly THROUGH the holes in the seat for very secure and movable comfort.
~Rare because this Design took much longer to make, cost a lot more, thus.. there are less manufactured. It's beautiful in this darker Original stain finish.
~Verified as an Aurhentic Nutting Piece by name & number stamp on the piece, the dealer I purchased it from, and by info in Wallace Nutting books.
Since I purchased this years ago, I've looked for another to compare its worth. I found only one that sold online some years ago, in a much lighter color. It sold for $4,800! It's piece number was in the 500's, which was after my piece was made. Dating this piece even older and one of the First!
However, do check out this double back piece online. I'm sure you will find out how rare it is.
In a beautiful dark to black stain. It shows gorgeous almost anywhere!
~About Wallace Nutting: Wallace Nutting lived from the 1800s to early 1900s" and is said to be "The Greatest Early American Historian of all time"! Whether its his famous artwork depicting early American home life or his many books written on Early American antiques and places and more, he is also known for having the LARGEST collection of Windsor furniture and Americana antique furniture ever! He loved them so much, he started his own Windsor furniture company here in Massachusetts, then branched out to other furnitures as well. His admiration and respect for Windsor furniture caused him and his craftsmen to meticulously dismantle antique pieces board by board, to replicate them by hand exactly as they had been made hundreds of years prior. In his furniture company he made many Windsor single seat chairs but the larger pieces are more difficult to find..."
~Im sure true collectors would quickly recognize this piece. I found that even noncollectors always notice and comment on its beauty. I absolutely hate to let this go, but must down size. However, if it doesn't bring my price, I think I may contact the Nutting Museum to possibly contribute to his rarer collections*~See many photos supplied. *~Great condition. *~Call or text only please. Thank you.