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Armchair


Object number

RIF950

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

100.33 x 57.785 x 54.61 cm (39 1/2 x 22 3/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

Date

1790–1805

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (rear rail); ash (front seat rail); maple (side seat rails and cross braces)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1961; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Polly Mariner Stone
Stanley Stone

Construction

The curving, molded-front and rounded-back stiles are continuous with the square tapering, rearward- and inward-raking rear legs. The stiles are tenoned to the similarly worked serpentine crest, without wood pins. The openwork splat, tenoned into the underside of the crest, consists of carved feathers, integral in part with the crest rail, above an ellipse centering a reeded urn flanked by leaf-carved swags, above five curving uprights atop a fluted and molded partial patera with a stippled background. A molded strip is applied to the top of the rear seat rail, which is tenoned, without wood pins, to the leg/stiles. The side rails are tenoned to the legs/stiles and to the front legs, and the front rails to the front legs, all without wood pins. The side and rear stretchers are also tenoned, without wood pins, to their respective neighboring legs. The underside of the meeting of the side and medial stretchers is a half-dovetail joint. In each corner of the seat is a diagonal brace set into grooves in the inside top edge of each adjacent seat rail. Each rail has been pieced and/or repaired. Supports for the scrolling arms are tenoned into the side seat rails, without wood pins. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 23, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 179, no. 81, ill.