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Side chair

Object number



Maker probably by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


Height: 37 3/4 in. (95.89 cm); Height, seat: 17 in. (43.18 cm); Width, front feet: 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm); Width, rear rail: 15 5/8 in. (39.69 cm); Width, rear feet: 12 5/8 in. (32.07 cm) Depth, feet: 20 3/4 in. (52.71 cm)



Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); chestnut (corner blocks); pine (corner blocks); maple (slip seat frame)




“V” incised on underside of the slip seat; “II” incised on rabbet of front seat rail; “I” incised on back of crest rail to right of center and on back center of seat rail




Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1981; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, by 2001; by descent to their sons, Stuart Holzer and Marc Holzer, 2011; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer

See also


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 7, p. 1874, no. P5060, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 120, no. 5 (November 1981): 953, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 14, 58, fig. 1.49.
Morrison H. Heckscher, Amelia Peck, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, "Anatomy of an Acquisition," Antiques 160, no. 2 (August 2001): 191, 195, pl. 2, fig. 1.
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), 82, 91n17, 251, 253, 264, 269, 336, 341–342, 357, 447, no. 69, fig. 2.