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Upholstered armchair


Object number

RIF3445

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 97.155 cm (38 1/4 in.)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, or possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (seat rails)

Style

Federal

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold by him to Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, Chestertown, Maryland; consigned by them to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2008, lot 50

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson
Sotheby's

Construction

The slightly flaring stiles are tenoned into the arched crest rail, and the bottom rail is tenoned into the stiles. The rear seat rail meets the rear legs in a mortise and tenon joint where wood pins are visible within the seat frame. The rear legs taper up beyond the rear seat rail where they are joined to the lower portion of the stiles. The bottoms of the serpentine arm supports are screwed to the seat frame through the inside of the seat rails. The rear and side stretchers meet their legs in mortise and tenon joints, and are set flush with the outside faces of the legs. The medial stretcher joins the side stretchers in half-dovetail joints, visible on their undersides. The rear legs are lightly chamfered on their inside corners. The slightly tapered front legs are fluted. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 17, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, sale cat. (January 19, 2008), 63, lot 50, ill.