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Roundabout chair

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Maker Unknown


Overall height: 32 1/16 in. (81.439 cm) Height, seat: 16 5/8 in. (42.228 cm) Width across hand holds: 29 7/8 in. (75.883 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (ledges to support the slip seat)


"Y" or "T" "A," in chalk, on interior of proper right front seat rail; "To. . . .[illegible]," in chalk, on interior of proper left front seat rail




Israel Sack, Inc., New York, in 1973

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.


The crest rail is in three parts?an upper, applied portion with serpentine profile and ogee shaped ends is centered over the middle stile, where the two parts which comprise the lower crest, with outset elbow rests and hand holds, meet. The two flat, canted openwork splats are tenoned into the underside of the lower crest and into the molded shoes below, which are nailed with brads to the rear rails. The continuous turned-stile and square leg assemblies are secured to the rails by mortise and tenon joints, each showing two wood pins. The outside face of the proper right corner leg shows three wood pins. The front rails are rabbeted to support the slip seat, which rests, at the rear rails, upon wood strips attached with brads. Below those strips, at all four rails, are deeper strips attached with rosehead nails, and below these deeper strips, at each corner of the frame, is a triangular block attached with brads. The legs are square. The front leg is stop-fluted on its front faces only. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 12, 2004; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 4, p. 941, no. P3760, ill.
Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, "Living with Antiques: A Distinguished Houston Collection," Antiques 108, no. 3 (September 1975): 458, fig. 1.