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Slipper chair


Object number

RIF2089

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 88.265 cm (34 3/4 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Walnut

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, October 4, 2007, lot 118

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

The double-arched crest rail is flat in front, rounded in back, tenoned and wood-pinned to the similary configured, slightly flaring stiles below, and ends in small pointed "ears." The openwork, vasiform splat is tenoned into the bottom of the crest rail and into the top of the molded, one-piece shoe, nailed to the seat rail below with brads. The rear seat rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the stiles. The serpentine, flat-arch-skirted side seat rails are tenoned with two wood pins each to the rear legs, and tenoned with one wood pin each to the front legs. The front seat rail is tenoned to the front legs with two wood pins proper right, and one wood pin proper left. The rear legs are square below the seat rails, slightly chamfered in their inside corners. The rear and medial stretchers are doweled into their respective neighboring members. The side blocked and turned stretchers are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front and rear legs. Later blocks occupy the corners of the seat frame. The knee brackets are glued to the seat rails and glued and nailed with brads to the front legs, which end in ring-turned pad feet, once possibly fitted with casters. Examined by P.E. Kane, October 18, 2007; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (October 4, 2007), 104, lot 118, ill.
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), 264n10.