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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF1309

Maker

(needlework) Mary Wright Alsop, American, 1740–1829

Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D (diag.)): 83.026 x 48.578 x 66.358cm (32 11/16 x 19 1/8 x 26 1/8in.)

Date

1757

Current location

Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island, or made in Middletown, Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary); pine (slip seat frame)

Marks

Inscribed "MOLLY WRIGHT" in brown wool tent stitches at right angles at rear slip seat. The names are worked in rectangular blocks. Source: Glee Krueger, "A Middletown Cameo: Mary Wright Alsop and Her Needlework," The Connecticut Historical Society 52, Summer/Fall 1987 (Hartford, Conn.: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1987): 157.

Inscriptions

Dated "1757" in ink numerals on seat bottom. Source: Glee Krueger, "A Middletown Cameo: Mary Wright Alsop and Her Needlework," The Connecticut Historical Society 52, Summer/Fall 1987 (Hartford, Conn.: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1987): 157.

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Historic Deerfield, Inc., Massachusetts, by 1992

Bibliography

Glee Krueger, "A Middletown Cameo: Mary Wright Alsop and Her Needlework," The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 52, nos.3–4 (Summer/Fall 1987): 154–155, fig. 7.
Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 38, fig. 64.
Iona W. Lincoln, "Flowers in the Decorative Arts," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (April 19, 1985), 1, 60–63, unnumbered ill. p.63, ill.
Elizabeth Stillinger, Historic Deerfield (New York: Dutton Studio Books, 1992), 76, ill.
"Current and Coming," Antiques 154, no. 4 (October 1998): 392, ill.
Philip Zea, "Pursuing Refinement in Rural New England 1750–1850," Historic Deerfield, Inc. (1998): 64–65, fig. 93.