Baker Furniture, United States. Set of six reproduction Governor Alston armchairs from the "Historic Charleston Collection." Painted wood with caned seats and conforming silk cherry blossom embroidered cushion. The back with four intertwined circles. This set is derived from the original painted and gilt English Regency chairs that were owned by Governor Robert Francis Withers Alston, the second owner of the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, ca. 1800.
Provenance: From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.
Arm Chairs, each; height: 21 1/2 in x width: 23 in x depth: 32 1/2 in. Side Chairs, each; height: 20 in x width: 22 3/4 in x depth: 32 1/2 in.
The chairs are structurally sound and stable. The caning is mostly intact; there is one minute spot, only visible along the underside of one chair, where there is a small break in the caning. There is light wear throughout consistent with age and use.
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