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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by Thomas Davenport, 1681–1745


38 1/4 x 22 x 16 3/4 in. (97.155 x 55.88 x 42.545 cm) Seat height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Black walnut (primary); maple (slip seat)




“VIIII,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail of one chair; “DAVENPORT [later],” in graphite, on interior of rear and proper-left seat rails of chair “VIIII”; “XIII,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail and underside of slip-seat frame of other chair; illegible chalk, on interior of rear seat rail of chair “XIII”


Queen Anne, Chippendale


Ruth Davenport, Middletown, Rhode Island; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, by 1982; by descent to his wife Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island; by decent in the Ott family

Associated names

Davenport family
Ruth Davenport
Joseph K. Ott
Anne Northrop Ott


This example (RIF832) was purchased in the twentieth century from Ruth Davenport, a descendant of the furniture maker Thomas Davenport, and has the name "Davenport" inscribed on it in nineteenth-century script that led the scholar Joseph Ott to attribute the chair to Thomas Davenport.

See also


Joseph K. Ott, "Lesser-Known Rhode Island Cabinetmakers: The Carliles, Holmes Weaver, Judson Blake, the Rawsons, and Thomas Davenport," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1163, fig. 10 (left).
Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 35, 37, fig. I-42.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 76, 91n13, 194, 252, 256, 258, 260, 264n9, 265–268, 272, 347, 362, 364n7, 365, no. 48, fig. 1.