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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, accession no. 1956.7
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Sofa


Object number

RIF596

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

38 x 84 x 33 1/2 in. (96.52 x 213.36 x 85.09 cm)

Date

1770–1810

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple, cherry, and pine (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

David Stockwell, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1956; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

David Stockwell, Inc.
Polly Mariner Stone
Stanley Stone

Construction

A photograph of the sofa taken before upholstering reveals the following construction features: the crest rail is a single shaped board curving on both sides; the outer front legs extend about 3 inches above the seat rail; the seat rails are tenoned into the corner legs; two curved medial braces are dovetailed to the front and rear seat rails; two vertical rails support the crest rail at the center of the back and are joined to the rear seat rail. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone, (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 222.

See also


Bibliography

Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part II," Antiques 91, no. 4 (April 1967): 510, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 222–223, no. 103, ill.