image of object
Photo: Courtesy private collection
Click the image to enlarge

Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF2579

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 96.52 cm (38 in.); Seat frame width, front: 50.8 cm (20 in.); Seat frame width, back: 38.1 cm (15 in.); Seat height: 42.545 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (rear rail); maple (slip seat frame )

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"III," incised, inside one rear seat rail; "V," incised, inside one rear seat rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Private collection

Construction

Each chair has a double-serpentine crest rail in the center of which is an arched, shell-carved reserve decorated with incised and painted lines. The crest rail is flat in front, rounded in back, and ends in flaring, scroll-carved "ears." An elaborate openwork splat, consisting of interlacing strapwork, carved scrolls and incised decoration, is tenoned into the bottom of the crest and into the top of the one-piece, molded shoe, which does not overhang the seat frame. The flat-fronted, rounded-back, slightly flaring stiles are tenoned, without wood pins, to the crest rail, and are square, with chamfered inside corners, and slightly convergent below the seat frame. The rabbeted seat rails are tenoned together largely without wood pins; each chair?s front rail is tenoned, with one wood pin, to the top of its proper right front leg. The front legs? inside corners are chamfered, and their rectilinear stretchers are tenoned (without wood pins) into, and set flush with, their respective members. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the owner.

See also