Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
Live Auction

August 26, 2023: Summer Americana - Day Three

Sat, Aug 26, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 2257


Estimate: $100 - $200
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$200 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
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$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

ADAM KERSH SHOP, AUGUSTA CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA SPLIT-BOTTOM CHAIRS, SET OF FOUR, white oak, each featuring a two-slat back, ring-top front legs, front stretcher with medial turning, and bulbous, spiked feet, one features slightly different rear posts and added cove-and-ball turnings on the front legs, replaced woven splint seats. Each retains an original dry surface with stenciled and free-hand decorations. Together with a cabinet photo of a lady sitting in a Kersh chair with the distinctive foot being visible, inscribed on the back "Grandaddy Hoover's Wife's Sister Propst?". Five pieces total. The shop of Adam Wise Kersh (1828-1905), Wise Hollow, Augusta Co., VA. Circa 1875. 34 1/2" HOA, 17" H seat.
Literature: See Evans, Come in and Have a Seat: Vernacular Chairs of the Shenandoah Valley, pp. 40, 41 for examples of both of the chairs represented in this set. Also the stencil used on the lower slat of each of the present chairs can be seen on p. 40, fig. 4.13
Catalogue Note: This set was found together. The presence of identical decoration, documented as being used at the Kersh shop on all four, and the same wear pattern on each indicates they have always been part of a set. The extra turnings on one of these chairs can be directly associated with the shop of Alexander Stuart Coffman (1842-1910) in nearby Mt. Sidney, VA. It has been thought in the past that Kersh and Coffmnan had a working relationship, and the present set of four chairs ads further evidence of that.   

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Very good overall condition, one with a split to a rear post and some minor non-active insect evidence. Small losses to feet.

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From a Shenandoah Valley private collection.