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Upholstered armchair


Object number

RIF2694

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Joseph Proud, 1710-1769; worked 1737-1769

Dimensions

88.9 x 57.15 x 49.53 cm (35 x 22 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Probably made in Boston, or possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (lower back rail, seat rails, outside section of rear stiles, and crest)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“/,” in graphite, on underside of proper-right seat rail; “//,” in graphite, on underside of proper-left seat rail; loop, in graphite, on underside of side seat rails; “/,” in graphite, on top surface of lower back rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Possibly owned by Abraham Redwood (1709–1788), Antigua, Newport and Portsmouth, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mehetable Redwood Ellery (1784–1832), Newport; by descent to her granddaughter, Mrs. Elbert J. Anderson (née Martha Maria Ellery, 1803–1880), Newport. Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware, between 1920 and 1950; bequeathed by him to Winterthur Museum, 1969

Associated names

Abraham Redwood
Mehetable Redwood Ellery
Martha Maria Ellery Anderson
Rosalie Redwood Anderson Ford
Henry Francis du Pont

Construction

Covered by its original leather upholstery, one assumes that this armchair was constructed in the same manner as its putative twin, RIF 1342. The feet of the present example are less worn than those of the other chair. Examined by J.N. Johnson, January 27, 2012; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 18.
Joseph K. Ott, "Abraham Redwood's Chairs?," Antiques 119, no. 3 (March 1981): 670, fig. 2, 3.
Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, American Furniture:1620 to the Present (New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1981), 98, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 171–173, no. 92.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture, 1998 (1998): 13–14, fig. 18.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 22, fig. 2.