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Side chair


Object number

RIF769

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Height: 100.648cm (39 5/8in.); Seat height: 44.133cm (17 3/8in.); Width at feet: 55.245cm (21 3/4in.); Width, seat front: 50.483cm (19 7/8in.); Width, seat back: 40.005cm (15 3/4in.); Depth at feet: 52.07cm (20 1/2in.); Depth, seat: 41.275cm (16 1/4in.)

Date

1760–1785

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail; “XIII,” incised on slip seat frame; “XII,” incised on rear surfaces of crest, splat, shoe, and rear seat rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Sara Lyon Dyer, Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Wilbour Marcy (1829–1916), Newport; by descent to her sister Mary Wilbour (died 1934), Newport; by descent to her great nephew, Elmer D. Keith, Clintonville, Connecticut; sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1955

Associated names

Sara Lyon Dyer
Sarah Elizabeth Wilbour Marcy
Mary Wilbour
Elmer D. Keith

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Bibliography

Homer Eaton Keyes, "Two Branches of the Newport Townsends," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 310, fig. 7.
William R. Johnston, "Anatomy of the Chair: American Regional Variations in Eighteenth-century Styles," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin n.s. 21 (November 1962): 121, fig. 5.
John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 50, 53, 135, 185, fig. 38, 172.
Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 44–45, 336, no. 9, ill.
Nancy Goyne Evans, "A Pair of Distinctive Chairs from Newport, Rhode Island," Antiques 145, no. 1 (January 1994): 190, pl. VI, VIa, ill.
Joan Barzilay Freund, Alan Miller, and Leigh Keno, "The Very Pink of the Mode: Boston Georgian Chairs, Their Export, Their Influence," American Furniture (1996): 297, fig. 47.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 5, 2000), 79, fig. 4.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 75, fig. 10.