I’m down South now spending time in Shreveport via Dallas. It’s easier to fly into Dallas with a few more things to see there as well. Only a three-hour drive to Shreveport with plenty of diversions along the way. Efficiency in transport is not always a priority.

My first stop was at the Dallas Museum of Art to see whatever might be on display of the American furniture from the Bybee Collection,  98 pieces of primarily New England furniture collected by Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee of Houston. The entire collection is not on display but just enough to make it interesting.

There was a display highlighting two similar period chairs:

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This one is from 1803 Virginia and from the Bybee Collection.

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This one from New York, 1790 to 1810, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, part of the Bayou Bend Collection.

More on the Bayou Bend Collection when I have the energy to post all the pictures from there.

The two chairs seem to be from the same family but there are differences. From the display card:

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First, the legs:

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The Virginia chair has plain tapered legs with an H stretcher.

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The New York chair has tapered and fluted legs, a spade foot and no stretchers. The difference in the tacking could be original or an affectation of the reupholstering.

Then there are the similarities in the squared off backs:

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From VIrginia.

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From New York.

And in more detail:

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Virginia. Bellflowers.

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New York, a bit more formal with flutes and a better drape.

And down bellow:

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Virginia.

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New York.

The carvers of both chairs are better than I am but I think the New York chair is the better carved of the two. The Virginia piece seems a bit flatter, in one plane; the New York chair is more rounded, more three-dimensional as it were. It could just be the different regional styles.

I will be back in Dallas soon and would appreciate any suggestions you might have for things to see beyond the Woodcraft and Rockler stores.

Thanks