Gilbert and Robert Gaw, Philadelphia
Mixed woods, retaining an early black-painted finish
Ht. 38”, L. 57”, D. 19”
Branded twice on the underside of seat “G & R. Gaw” and inscribed “#17 B.R.S.” Label attached to underside reads “This settee comes from the house of Samuel R. Fisher in Phila. Probably belonged to his wife Hannah Rodman. Our grandmother Deborah Fisher Wharton remembers sleeping in it as a child. A.W.W. 1917” and another label reads “Property of Esther Morton Smith” with the address “62 Washington St. Newport R.I.”. In 1796 George Washington purchased 27 bowback Windsor side chairs from Gilbert and Robert Gaw for his portico at Mount Vernon.
Provenance: Samuel R. (Rowland) Fisher (1745-1834), Philadelphia; Deborah Fisher Wharton (1795-1888); Esther Morton Smith (1865-1942), Newport, RI; Anna Wharton (Smith) Wood (1864-1945); Phillip Bradley; Private Texas Collection