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Set of eight decorated American "Glastonbury" chairs, a design emanating from the British architect Augustus Pugin. Each chair has a different hand painted butterfly skillfully done and original to the chairs.
Provenance: The chairs were retrieved from the attic at "Aldie" which had been the residence of Wm. R. Mercer, Jr. (1858-1939) and his wife, Martha Dana Mercer. His older brother, Henry Chapman Mercer, was the more celebrated, having been connected with Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pa. The Wm. Mercers rebuilt "Aldie" just before his death in 1927. A chair from the set appears in a photograph encaptioned "Interior of the studio at Aldie", House and Garden, vol. 4, 1903, p. 178. I