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From: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984), 354
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Side chair


Object number

RIF838

Maker

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

Dimensions

Overall: 104.14 x 55.88 x 42.069cm (41 x 22 x 16 9/16in.) Other (Seat height): 44.45cm (17 1/2in.)

Date

1750–1765

Current location

Historic New England (www.historicnewengland.com), formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Soft maple (primary)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Charles Barrett, Sr., (1740–1808), Concord, Massachusetts, and New Ipswich, New Hampshire; by descent to his son, Charles Barrett, Jr., (1773–1836), New Ipswich, New Hampshire; by descent to his son, George Barrett (1801–1862), New Ipswich, New Hampshire; by descent to his son, George Robert Barrett (1844–1916), New Ipswich, New Hampshire; by descent to his stepdaughter, Caroline Barr Wade; given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), Boston,1958

Associated names

Charles Barrett, Sr.
Charles Barrett Jr.
George Barrett
George Robert Barrett
Caroline Barr Wade
Caroline Barr Wade

Construction

The rails of the loose seat frame are thick (1 1/8 inches), and the front rail is numbered by large chisel marks; both characteristics are found on chairs no. 98 and 99 (see III-29). No corner blocks were ever present. Sometime before 1948, the chair was stripped and refinished. Otherwise it is in excellent condition. All elements are original including the loose seat; the leather upholster is modern. Source: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye. ,New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 355.

Bibliography

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 354–355, no. 97, ill.
Ellen Fineberg, "Barrett House, New Ipswich, New Hampshire," Antiques 129, no. 3 (March 1986): 646, referenced in pl. III.