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Banister-back high chair


Object number

RIF3604

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

84.8 x 26 x 26.7 cm (33 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.)

Date

1725–1750

Current location

Yale University Art Gallery

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Soft maple (primary); ash (seat rails and stretchers)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Hazen House, Haverhill, Massachustts. Wanamaker's, New York, by 1918; sold to Wallace Nutting (1861–1941), Framingham, Massachusetts; sold to Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1931

Associated names

Hazen House
John Wanamaker and Co.
Wallace Nutting
Francis P. Garvan

Construction

The front feet and bases of the rear stiles are replacements. The crest rail is pinned to the stiles with square wooden pegs. Faint grooves mark the placement of the arms, seat rails, and stretchers.

Bibliography

Wallace Nutting, Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620–1720 (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1924), 366, 378, no. 471, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 2, no. 2499, ill.
Marion Day Iverson, The American Chair 1630-1890 (New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1957), 42, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 2499, ill.
John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 52–53, fig. 38.
Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 67–68, no. 46, ill.
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), 25, fig. 13.