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Photo: Courtesy Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Gift in memory of Mercy Congdon Brown by her four granddaughters, 22.226; photo by Erik Gould
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Carver chair


Object number

RIF3339

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

100.33 x 53.34 x 35.56 cm (39 1/2 x 21 x 14 in.); Height, seat: 45.72 cm (18 in.)

Date

1680–1700

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Possibly made in Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (rear posts, front legs, and spindles); red oak (side seat rails); ash (horizontal back rails, front and back seat rails, and stretchers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Congdon or Brown family, South Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent to Mrs. John Knowles Brown (nee Mercy Congdon, 1820–1895), South Kingstown; by descent to her husband and cousin John Knowles Brown (died 1898), South Kingstown; by descent to his four granddaughters Mrs. Howard Donahue, Mrs. Charles H. Chappell, Mrs. John R. Carpenter, and Miss Adelaide Knowles; given to Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1922

Associated names

Mercy Congdon Brown
John Knowles Brown
Mrs. Howard Donahue
Mrs. Charles H Chappell
Mrs. John R Carpenter
Miss Adelaide Knowles

Bibliography

Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 144–145, no. 83, ill.
Robert F. Trent, "New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture," American Furniture (1999): 216, fig. 12.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 144n5.