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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF2391

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm) Width: 26 5/16 in. (66.802 cm) Depth: 26 1/2 in. (67.31 cm) Seat height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany

Inscriptions

"M Kenly"

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Elizabeth L. Peckham Burdick (1872–1947), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her granddaughter, Mary Burdick Sherman. Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York, 1993; sold to Susan and Mark Laracy, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20, 2007, lot 157

Associated names

Elizabeth L. Peckham Burdick
Leigh Keno American Antiques
Mark Laracy
Susan Laracy
Sotheby's

Construction

The slip seat has old "toe cloth" and rosehead nails as well as remnants of the original blue-green wool show cover. The arm rail butts together with three rosehead nails on each side of the arm rail; front knee returns are nailed in place with sprigs and each joint is singe shouldered; none of the stretcher joints appear to be pinned. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 8, 2007

Notes

Although chairs of this type have been attributed to Rhode Island in the past, they were probably made in Massachusetts. The arm supports with cone-shaped ends and the stretchers with elongated ogee shapes at the junction with the legs are like those on a corner chair at Winterthur with a well documented history in Massachusetts (RIF2695). The arms also lack the distinctive pointed peeks behind the hand holds that are a feature of Rhode Island chairs of this type (RIF2859).

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of Susan and Mark Laracy, sale cat. (January 20, 2007), 188–89, lot 157, ill.