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Side chair


Object number

RIF905

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

104.14 x 54.61 x 43.18cm (41 x 21 1/2 x 17in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

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

Mahogany (primary); maple (secondary)

Inscriptions

XII incised on inside of the seat frame- indicates that it was a part of at least a 12 chair set

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the family of Roger Williams (ca. 1603–1682/3), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to John (died 1870) and Julia Williams, North Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughters, Juliette (died 1905) and Octavia Williams (died 1916); given to their neighbor, Mary Amanda Brown Hunt (1851–1939), about 1890; by descent to her daughter, Helen Brown Hunt Tucker; given to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1977

Associated names

Roger Williams

Bibliography

Christopher P. Monkhouse, "American Furniture Recently Acquired by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 129, fig. 3.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 162–63, no. 103, ill.