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Side chair


Object number

RIF2343

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 97.155 cm (38 1/4 in.)

Date

1755–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"III," incised, inside top of front seat rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 565

Associated names

Christie's

Construction

The incurvate, flat-fronted crest rail has arched shoulders and incurvate ears. It is attached to the straight-profiled, flat-fronted, chamfered-backed stiles by wood-pinned mortise and tenon joints. The open-work, vasiform splat is tenoned into the bottom of the crest rail and the top of the one-piece, molded shoe, which is nailed with brads to the rear seat rail and overhands the seat. The rear stiles are square where they meet the rear seat rail in wood-pinned mortise and tenon joints, chamfered between the rail and stretchers with prominent scribe lines indicating the end points of the chamfers, and square and backward-raking beneath the stretchers. The serpentine, rabbeted side rails, with flat-arched skirts, meet the rear and front legs with wood-pinned mortise and tenon joints. The rear stretchers join the front and rear legs in mortise and tenon joints showing one wood pin each. Examined by P.E. Kane, October 5, 2007; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 279, lot 565, 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), 253n3.