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Side chairs, set of six


Object number

RIF655

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 97.155cm (38 1/4 in.); Width: 55.88cm (22 in.); height, seat rail: 42.545 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Date

1755–1775

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Black walnut (primary); maple (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"I" through "VII," incised on seat and seat rail of each chair; "Brown," in ink, on seat frames of chairs I and VII

Style

Queen Anne, Chippendale

Provenance

Brown family, Providence, Rhode Island. John S. Walton, New York; sold to Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur, Delaware, 1951; given to the Winterthur Museum, Delaware; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 24, 26, 27, and 30, 1995, lot 1983; sold to John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 213

Associated names

Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island
Henry Francis du Pont
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer
Sotheby's
John S. Walton
John Walton, Inc.

Notes

In 1952 Joseph Downs in American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods published these chairs as part of a set of twelve. The set was assembled of two sets of six. The chair illustrated in Downs is from the other set, which lacks the two beaded holes at the center of the splat.

See also


Bibliography

Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection Supplement to Catalogue (n.p.: privately printed, 1993), 209–210, no. 82, fig. 82.1–82.2.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 24, 26–27, and 30, 1995), lot 1983, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 153, lot 213, ill.