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Sack-back Windsor armchair


Object number

RIF1292

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 100.33 cm (39 1/2 in.); Height, seat: 46.04 cm (18 1/8 in.); Width, arms: 58.896 cm (23 3/16 in.); Width, seat: 53.98 cm (21 1/4 in.); Depth, seat: 39.37 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

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

Medium

White pine (seat); soft maple (legs, stretchers, spindles, and arm supports); white oak (bow and arm rail) (microanalysis)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"[W]hen Rev. David Tenney Kimball / began house keeping he brought two / Windsor chairs and the tall clock wh[ich] / had belonged to his father. / One chair was given to D. A. Kimball / [One chair was given to] E. K. Gray [?] / The clock was inherited by E. K. G. Y.[?] / under will of Mrs. Mary S. C. Peabody," written in ink, on paper label glued to underside of seat

Style

Windsor

Provenance

Reverand David Tenney Kimball (1782–1860), Ipswich, Massachusetts. Ernest B. LaGrange (1879–1970), Wilton, Connecticut, before 1937. Charles K. Davis (1889–1968), Fairfield, Connecticut; given to Winterthur Museum, Delaware, 1954

Associated names

Rev. David Tenney Kimball
Ernest B. LaGrange
Charles K. Davis

Bibliography

Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 261, fig. 6-40.
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), 385–386, no. 85, fig. 1.