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Fan-back Windsor side chairs, set of five


Object number

RIF3336

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

93.98 x 57.15 x 51.435 cm (37 x 22 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

Date

1785–1790

Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Ash (crest rail), oak or ash (spindles), maple (legs and stretchers), and yellow poplar (seat)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Windsor

Provenance

Mrs. Thomas Robinson (née Jemima Fish, 1761–1846), Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to her son Rowland T. Robinson (1796–1879), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his son George G. Robinson (1825–1894), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his brother Rowland E. Robinson (1833–1900), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his wife Anna S. Robinson (1840–1920), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; given to Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Associated names

Jemima Fish Robinson
Rowland T. Robinson
George G. Robinson
Rowland E. Robinson
Anna S. Robinson

Construction

The yoke-shaped crest is supported by turned and painted stiles which pass through the seat below and center five turned spindles, set into the seat behind an incised line. The tops of the turned legs are visible through the deeply carved seat which they support. The turned stretchers with swollen midsections are set without pins into the lower tapered portion of the splayed legs. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd