image of object
Photo: Courtesy Israel Sack, Inc., Archive, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Click the image to enlarge

Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF1095

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm) Width: 28 in. (71.12 cm)

Date

1740–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1987

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.

Notes

Although chairs of this type have been attributed to Rhode Island in the past, they were probably made in Massachusetts. The arm supports with cone-shaped ends and the stretchers with elongated ogee shapes at the junction with the legs are like those on a corner chair at Winterthur with a well documented history in Massachusetts (RIF2695). The arms also lack the distinctive pointed peeks behind the hand holds that are a feature of Rhode Island chairs of this type (RIF2859).

See also


Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 10, p. 79, ill.
Deanne Levison and Harold Sack, "American Roundabout Chairs," Antiques 139, no. 5 (May 1991): 937, pl. 4, ill.
Eleanor H. Gustafson, "Collectors' Notes," Antiques 140, no. 1 (July 1991): 58, ill.