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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF1662

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 101.6 cm (40 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (side rails); maple (rear rail); mahogany (corner cross braces)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," incised, on inside face of front seat rail on one chair

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

George Lysle. Robert T. Trump & Co., Philadelphia, 1972; sold to Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, Chestertown, Maryland; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2008, lot 47

Associated names

George Lysle
Robert T. Trump & Co., Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson
Sotheby's

Construction

Each chair has a molded serpentine crest rail above an elaborately carved openwork splat, including an ellipse surrounding a reeded urn, surmounted by carved feathers, and flanked by carved swags, above five curving uprights and a fluted segmental reserve, the whole tenoned into a molded shoe. The curving stiles, molded in front and rounded in back, are continuous with the rear legs to which is tenoned, with a wood pin at each joint, the rear seat rail. The side rails are through-tenoned, and wood-pinned to the square, tapered rear legs, which are slightly convergent. Each corner of the seat frame contains a diagonal brace, set into grooves in the adjacent rails. The serpentine front rail is two-piece, with a flat interior face. The rear and side stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to their respective legs. The front square, tapering legs are molded on their outside faces only. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, P. Cooper, and M. Taradash, January 17, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Notes

In the Sotheby's catalogue for January 19, 2008, the provenance for these chairs, lot 47, is listed with lot 46.

See also


Bibliography

"R. T. Trump and Co., Inc., advertisement," Antiques 101, no. 5 (May 1972): 785, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, sale cat. (January 19, 2008), 60, lot 47, ill.