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Side chairs, set of six

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Maker Unknown



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Made in Rhode Island
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"30 / 1," "30 / 2," "30 / 3," "30 / 4," "30 / 5," and "30 / 6," with each of the single digit numbers smaller, engraved, on brass plaques in various positions; various numbers, in ink, on slip seats




John Brown (1736–1803), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Mrs. Rebecca Chase Herreshoff; by descent to Halsey Chase Herreshoff, Bristol, Rhode Island; Herreshoff Maritime Museum, Bristol; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 24, 26, 27, and 30, 1995, lot 2177. Consigned by a direct descent of John Brown to Sotheby's, New York, January 22–23, 2010, lot 480. Sotheby's, New York, January 24–25, 2014, lot 329

Associated names

John Brown
Mrs. Rebecca Chase Herreshoff
Halsey Chase Herreshoff
Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island


The serpentine crest rails are attached to the stiles with mortise and tenon joints, each chair exhibiting a through peg at each shoulder. Each chair has a rear rail attached to the rear legs with tenons, pinned once at the back of the rear legs, and side rails similarly attached to the rear legs, pinned twice at the side of the rear legs. The front and side rails are tenoned into the front legs, exhibiting one pin at each front and two pins at the sides. Each joint of the stretchers to the legs exhibits a single pin. Each medial stretcher is dovetailed to the side stretchers, which joint is reinforced by a wood peg. The caned slip seats are attached at the corners with mortise and tenon joints, each with a wood pin. The inside of the front and side seat rails are rabetted to receive the slip seats. Examined by P. E. Kane, B. W. Colman, and Mia Taradash, January 19, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 24, 26–27, and 30, 1995), lot 2177, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2010), 91, lot 480.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 24–25, 2014), 181, lot 329.