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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

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.