Set of Eight Federal Carved Mahogany Shield-back Dining Chairs, Salem or Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1800, the backs composed of intersecting ribs with acanthus and bellflower carving terminating at a carved quarter-fan foliate design on a punched ground, overupholstered seats joining square tapering legs, refinished, (imperfections), ht. 38, seat ht. 18 1/2 in. Provenance: The estate of Bruce A. Buxton, Portland, Maine. Estimate $3,000-5,000 losses to some carved elements - one gone entirely, minor shrinkage cracks, small separations, evidence (screws) of old repairs to one rear seat rail. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.