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Banister-back side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF3761

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 97.155 cm (38 1/4 in.); Width: 48.895 cm (19 1/4 in.); Height, seat: 38.735 cm (15 1/4 in.); Depth: 42.545 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); oak (seat rails and stretchers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Probably Mrs. Thomas Robinson (née Jemima Fish, 1761–1846), Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent in the Robinson family; gift to Rokeby museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Associated names

Jemima Fish Robinson

Construction

The yoke-shaped crest rail has incurvate ears and small arches with chamfered rear edges above three flat thumb-molded banisters. The joints between the flanking turned stiles and crest rail are pinned; the banisters are tenoned into the crest rail and lower rail. The lower rail is chamfered at the bottom of its rear face and at its ends, where it is tenoned into the stiles. The faceted seat rails are doweled into the stiles and front legs and covered with woven splints. The straight, single rear stretcher and straight double side stretchers are set into their respective legs and pinned, as are the two front stretchers which taper as they join the front legs. The rear legs end in a slight taper, the front legs in a simple turning. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd