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Side chairs, set of eight


Object number

RIF866

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

96.52 x 53.34 x 43.18 cm (38 x 21 x 17 in.); Height, seat: 44.45 cm (17 1/2 in.)

Date

1791

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island, or possibly made in New York, or possibly made in
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); maple (seat rails and corner braces); birch (seat rails and corner braces); yellow poplar (corner braces)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

On one chair: “Given to Elizabeth Brown by Gov. Brown on her marriage to Benjamin Robison in 1791. Roland Rodman Robinson,” in graphite, on inside seat rail; “1791,” inscribed on inside of seat rail; on another chair: “Elizabeth Brown [?] daughter / [?] 1791 [?] Robinson,” in graphite, on inside of front seat rail

Style

Federal

Provenance

Governor George Brown (1746–1836), South Kingstown, R.I.; given to his daughter Mrs. Benjamin Robinson (née Elizabeth Brown, 1769–1855), South Kingston, R.I., on her marriage, 1791; by descent to their great grandson Roland Rodman Robinson (1862–1934), South Kingstown, R.I. Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Conn., 2004; sold to a private collection, 2004

Associated names

Lieutenant Governor George Brown
Nathan Liverant and Son
James Birle

See also


Bibliography

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), 86, 93n49, 418–21, no. 98.