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Carver chair


Object number

RIF2282

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

110.49 x 65.088 x 52.07 cm (43 1/2 x 25 5/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Date

1680–1700

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple and ash; cornhusk (seat)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Pilgrim

Provenance

By descent in the Brown family, Little Compton, Rhode Island. Cornelius C. Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; bequeathed to Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 111; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993), Newport; given to the Samuel Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Newport, Rhode Island, 1974

Associated names

Brown family of Little Compton, Rhode Island
Cornelius C. Moore
Providence College
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Doris Duke

Construction

The turned crest rail and lower back rail are doweled into elaborately turned rear uprights with turned finials. Between the rails are five turned spindles. Sausage-turned downward sloping arms are doweled into the front and rear uprights. Below the arms are less steeply sloping arm braces doweled into the front and rear uprights. Atop the turned front uprights are turned circular hand-holds. The seat rails are doweled into the front and rear uprights; the seat consists of woven, painted cornhusks. Below the seat, the legs are unadorned except for circular scribe lines. They are joined by pairs of side stretchers, front stretchers, and a single rear stretcher. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 27, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

The chair's visible paint layers are blue covered in red with gold highlights.

See also


Bibliography

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 34, lot 111.
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), 141–142, no. 3, ill.