Uncategorized November, 19 2009

Antique Dealer Spotlight | Sumpter Priddy III

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Over the past fifteen years, Sumpter Pridy III Inc. has achieved an impeccable reputation as dealer in outstanding American furniture and decorative arts. Much of this reputation is drawn from the groups director, Sumpter Pridy III, whose scholarly contribution to the field is quite simply magnificent. A frequent contributor to The Magazine Antiques and American Furniture, Priddy is also author of the outstanding book American Fancy. The study privileged again the language of “Fancy,” a movement that was expressed in literature, music, and decorative arts, giving new meaning to objects traditionally viewed as folk art. American Fancy: Exuberence in the Arts: 1790-1840 was published by the Chipstone Foundation in 2004 and was complemented by an excellent exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum (which also traveled).

Priddy’s work as both dealer and scholar continues to unearth new material and strains of thought within American decorative arts, and as such American Culture at large. The gallery is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Above is a pair of Fancy chairs attributed to Thomas Renshaw and Robert Fisher from Baltimore, Maryland, dated 1810-1815. They are built of Maple and walnut and adorned with painted and gilt ornament and cane seats. More examples of Priddy’s wears can be found after the jump.

Fancy writing arm Windsor chair, attributed to Petersburg, Virginia, 1815-1820

“A Lawyer and his Agent”. Unknown, after Robert Dighton (1752-1814). England. Circa 1795.

Dressing table, probably William Axson, Charleston, SC, 1760-1765