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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF2974

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1740–1765

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Walnut

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

An East Coast Institution; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 28–31, 1993, lot 1287

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

According to the Sotheby's sale catalogue, the splats were possibly replaced at an early date.

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, Fine Americana, sale cat. (January 28–31, 1993), lot 1287, ill.