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Armchair


Object number

RIF3389

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 103.505 cm (40 3/4 in.)

Date

1720–1740

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Possibly made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Cherry (primary); ash (front legs)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Benedict Arnold, Newport, Rhode Island. Ames family; by descent to Mary Farley Ames Lee (1917–1999), Farmville, Virginia; consigned by her estate to Sotheby's, New York, New York, October 4, 2007, lot 125

Associated names

Descendants of Governor Benedict Arnold
Ames family
Mary Farley Ames Lee
Sotheby's

Construction

The double-arched crest rail centers a carved scallop shell and is tenoned and wood-pinned to the serpentine stiles which are flat in front and chamfered in back. The serpentine, vasiform splat is tenoned into the crest and into a molded shoe. The outward-flaring arms have scroll-carved terminals and are supported by, and tenoned and wood-pinned to blocked and turned supports, tenoned into the blocked portions of the side stretchers, and wood-pinned in chamfered blocks, to the side seat rails. The side rails are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the rear stiles and the blocks atop the front legs. The scallop-skirted front rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the block atop the front legs. The rear legs are chamfered below the seat rail. They rake rearward below stretchers, and have rounded outside corners and chamfered inside corners. The blocked and turned side stretchers meet the front and rear legs in single-pinned mortise and tenon joints. The medial stretcher (whose central, swollen portion contains a turned element) and rear stretchers are doweled into their adjoining members. Examined by P.E. Kane, October 3, 2007; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (October 4, 2007), 108–9, lot 125, ill.