image of object
Photo: Courtesy Moses Brown School
Click the image to enlarge

Side chairs, set of four


Object number

RIF3993

Maker

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

Dimensions

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)

Date

1740-1760

Current location

Moses Brown School

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary); maple slip seat frame (secondary)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

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

Associated names

Moses Brown

Bibliography

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.