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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF2350

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 78.74 cm (31 in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

South County Art Association, Kingstown, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 580; Christie's, October 3, 2007, lot 90

Associated names

South County Art Association
Christie's

Construction

The crest rail is in three parts?an upper portion, with serpentine profile and incurvate ends, is centered on the middle stile, and joined to the two-part, half-round lower portion, with outset hand holds, by multiple rosehead nails. The two portions of the lower crest are butt-jointed to each other. The turned-stile and leg elements are joined to the straight rear rails and to the serpentine front rails with mortise and tenon joints, each joint showing one wood pin. The two vasiform splats are tenoned into the lower crest rail above and into the rear, rabbeted seat rails below. The connections to the seat rail are reinforced by multiple wood pins. The turned, x-form stretchers are joined in a half-lap joint, reinforced by four rosehead nails. The rails of the slip seat meet in mortise and tenon joints, each with one wood pin. 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, and Prints Including American Folk Art from the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, sale cat. (October 3, 2007), 66, lot 90, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 296, lot 580, ill.