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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, The Arts and Crafts of Newport Rhode Island 1640- 1820 (Newport, Rhode Island: The Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 38, cat. no. 12
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Side chair


Object number

RIF1219

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 93.98 cm (37 in.); Width: 53.34 cm (21 in.); Height, seat: 48.26 cm (19 in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut

Inscriptions

Chair bears a brass plate with the inscription "Chair once owned by Henry Bull of Newport, Rhode Island, Governor of Rhode Island in 1685 and 1690."

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Although the brass plate on the chair states it was owned by Henry Bull, Governor of Rhode Island in 1685 and 1690, it probably belonged to Henry Bull (1687–1771), Newport, Rhode Island. Mr. and Mrs. William Richmond, Old Greenwich, Connecticut, by 1953. Christie's, New York, June 12, 1982, lot 194. Christie's, New York, September 20, 2016, lot 847

Associated names

Henry Bull Esq.
William's Antique Shop
Christie's

Notes

The double-ring turnings on the medial stretcher, the bold rings on the side stretchers near the back legs, and the squareness of the back legs at the floor suggest a Rhode Island origin.

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Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 38, no. 12, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 33, lot 110, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 12, 1982), 88, lot 194.
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), 271n3.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Outsider and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 20, 2016), 39, lot 847, ill.