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Side chairs, set of four

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Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


Height: 41 1/4 in. (104.775 cm) Width: 21 3/4 in. (55.245 cm) Height of Seat Rail: 16 7/8 in. (42.863 cm)



Current location

Moses Brown School


Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); maple slip seat frame (secondary)


Queen Anne


Moses Brown (1738–1836), Providence, Rhode Island; bequeathed by his family to the Moses Brown School, Providence

Associated names

Moses Brown


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 37, no. 11, ill.
Milo M. Naeve, "The American Furniture," Antiques 95, no. 1 (January 1969): 132, not illustrated.
John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 130, fig. 163.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 205–206, fig. 4.5–4.5 a–b.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture, 1998 (1998): 25, 34, fig. 42.
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), 5n14.