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Sideboard


Object number

RIF2142

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

104.14 x 162.56 x 71.755 cm (41 x 64 x 28 1/4 in.)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island, Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow pine, chestnut (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

An inscription on the inside right-hand center door: "John weighed 149 when he was 17 years old/ & Master Lewis 110" An addition inscription in a later hand: "Lewis Hereshoff feb. 3, 1859/ Weighted 120 lbs. age 15./ feb. 1859 120. 1860 145"

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Originally owned by John Brown (1736–1803), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Charles Frederick Herreshoff III (1809–1888), Providence; by descent to Grace Herreshoff Sperry (1881–1950), Providence, before 1950; by descent in her family, before 1954; given to Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1954

Associated names

John Brown
Sarah "Sally" Brown Herreshoff
Charles Frederick Herreshoff III
Grace Herreshoff Sperry

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no.4 (October 1957): 122–23, no. 33.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Purchase of Furniture and Furnishings by John Brown, Providence Merchant, Part 2: 1788–1803," Antiques 103, no. 4 (April 1973): 736, pl. 2.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Purchase of Furniture and Furnishings by John Brown, Providence Merchant, Part I: 1760-1788," Antiques 103, no. 4 (February 1973): 736, pl. 2.