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Photo: Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, anonymous gift in honor of Ruth Anne Montgomery, 1985.B.10
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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF904

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 104.458cm (41 1/8in.); Height, seat: 41.91cm (16 1/2in.); Width: 54.61cm (21 1/2in.); Depth: 52.07cm (20 1/2in.)

Date

1740-1760

Current location

Dallas Museum of Art

Geography

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

Black walnut (primary); eastern white pine (cornerblocks)

Inscriptions

Chair #1: incised "II" on the inside of front seat rail, with five triangular chisel marks on the same rail. The inside of the right seat rail is marked "10" in chalk. Chair #2: incised "I" on its front seat rail.

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Faith P. Bybee (1900–1996) and Charles L. Bybee (1900–1972), Houston, ca. 1950; sold by Faith P. Bybee to the Dallas Museum of Art, 1985

Associated names

Charles L. Bybee

Construction

This chair is joined with mortise-and-tenon construction throughout. The rear stiles are cut from the solid. Their inside rear corners are chamfered below the inward curve. The splat is shaped to follow the contour of the sitter's back. The side stretchers terminate in rectangular tenons which fit into mortises in the legs. There is little shaping to the inside surfaces of the front legs, suggesting that the chair was assembled before the final smoothing of the parts was completed. Source: Charles L. Venable, American Furniture in the Bybee Collection (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1989), 26, no. 11.

Bibliography

Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust, "American Antiques in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bybee, Part II," Antiques 93, no. 1 (January 1968): 77, ill.
Eleanor H. Gustafson, "Museum Accessions," Antiques 129, no. 5 (May 1986): 956.
Charles L. Venable, American Furniture in the Bybee Collection (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989), 26-27, no. 11, Accession no. 1985.B10, ill.