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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF2695

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 113.03 x 76.2 x 62.23 cm (44 1/2 x 30 x 24 1/2 in.)

Date

1745–1775

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

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

Medium

American black walnut (primary)

Inscriptions

"Large Round about Chair/ with Top, Belonged to Elizabeth/ Wentworth, wife of Joseph Haven/ Grandmother Thacher's Uncle" in black ink on a deteriorated, blue-bordered, gummer paper label on the underside of the left seat rail. "II" incised on the right front seat rail rabbet

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Elizabeth Wentworth Haven (died 1813) and Joseph Haven (died 1829), Boston; by descent to his niece, Elizabeth Haven Thatcher (1798–1879). Israel Sack, Inc., probably Boston; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), Winterthur, Delaware; given to Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Associated names

Elizabeth Wentworth Haven
Elizabeth Haven Thatcher
Israel Sack, Inc.
Henry Francis du Pont

Bibliography

Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 64, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 154.
John A. H. Sweeney, The Treasure House of Early American Rooms (New York: Viking Press, 1963), 35.
John A. H. Sweeney, Winterthur Illustrated (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1963), 35.
Marshall B. Davidson, The American Heritage History of Colonial Antiques (New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1967), fig. 162.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), fig. 118.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 130–131, no. 72.