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From: Michael Moses Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, New Jersey: MMI Americana Press, 1984), plate 21
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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF772

Maker

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

Dimensions

Height: 99.06cm (39in.); Width: 55.245cm (21 3/4in.)

Date

1760–1775

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"XII," inscribed, on front rail, and "VI," inscribed, on crest, splat, splat shoe, and rear rail of one chair; "XIII," inscribed, on front rail, "IX," inscribed, on crest and splat, and "II," inscribed on shoe and rear rail of the other

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Still Winthrop (1720–1776), New London, Connecticut. Charles Morris Smith (1838–1917), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent through three generations of his family, Providence, Rhode Island; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, January 28, 1984, lot 865; sold to Norman Hascoe (died 2007) and Suzanne Hascoe (died 2010), Greenwich, Connecticut; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, New York, January 23, 2011, lot 34. Private collection, New York; Christie's, New York, January 25, 2013, lot 158; sold to Deanne Levison, Atlanta, for a client

Associated names

John Still Winthrop
Charles Morris Smith
Charles Morris Smith Family
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Suzanne Hascoe
Norman Hascoe
Sotheby's
Christie's
Deanne Levison

Construction

The shell-carved crest is flat at the front, rounded at the back, connected to the stiles by lap joints containing mortise, tenons and a single wood peg through each end. The flat-fronted, round-backed stiles are continuous with the rear legs, which are not chamfered, and are joined to the side rails with mortise and tenon joints exhibiting two wood pegs each. There is a double tenon at the top of the splat, which is pierced, flat, and sits in a shoe which is attached to the rear rail by nails. The thumb-molded side and front rails are attached by means of mortise and tenon joints, each joint exhibiting a wood peg. The front legs are square-sectioned, sharp-kneed, and carved at the knees with stylized acanthus leaves. The ball and claw feet have finely carved tendons and knuckles. The side stretchers are tenoned to and flush with the outside faces of the front and rear legs, each joint bearing a single wood peg. The medial and rear stretchers are set into the side stretchers and rear legs, respectively, without pegs. Knee brackets are both glued and nailed to the legs and glued to the side rails. The seat rails are rabbeted to accept a slip seat. The slip seat frames are replaced. Examined by P.E. Kane, E. Orr, J. S. Gordon, January 20, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture, Decorations, Silver, and Chinese Export Porcelain, sale cat. (January 26 and 28, 1984), lot 865.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 236, pl. 21, fig. 5.24, 5.24a.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Hascoe Family Collection: Important American and English Furniture, Fine & Decorative Art, sale cat. (January 23, 2011), 30–31, lot 34, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Americana at Christie's," Maine Antique Digest (April 2013): 35-C.
Christie's, New York, Important American Silver, Furniture, Folk Art, Prints, English Pottery, and Chinese Export Art, sale cat. (January 24–25 and 28, 2013), 156–57, lot 158.