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Roundabout chairs, pair


Object number

RIF4193

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Height: 77.47 cm (30 1/2 in.); Width, at arms: 73.025 cm (28 3/4 in.); Depth: 41.91 cm (16 1/2 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame); pine (front corner blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail, on front corner of underside of slip seat, and on underside of back rest (on middle lower section) of one chair; “No 1 [later],” on inside of front side seat rails of chair marked "I"; “M B Ives,” in graphite, on underside of proper-left front seat rail of chair marked "I"; “II,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail and on underside of the back rest (on middle lower section) of the other chair; “No 2 [later],” on inside of front seat rails of chair marked "II"; “September / 1858,” in ink, on underside of proper-left front seat rail of chair marked "II"; “M B [illegible],” in graphite, on underside of proper-left front seat rail of chair marked "II"

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Nicholas Brown (1729–1791), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Poynton Ives (née Hope Brown, 1773–1855), Providence; by descent to her son, Moses Brown Ives (1794–1857), Providence; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Henry Grinnell Russell (née Hope Brown Ives, 1839–1909), Providence; by descent to her cousin, Robert Hale Ives Goddard (1837–1916), Providence; by descent to his grandchildren; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 22, 2005, lots 822 and 842

Associated names

Nicholas Brown
Hope Brown Ives
Moses Brown Ives
Hope Brown Ives
Robert Hale Ives Goddard
Goddard Family
Sotheby's

See also


Bibliography

Barbara Snow, "Living with Antiques: The Providence Home of Mrs. R.H. Ives Goddard," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 582, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 96–99, lots 822 and 842, ill.
Amy Coes, "A Bill of Sale from John Goddard to John Brown and the Furniture It Documents," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): p.131; p.132, footnote 26 [not illustrated].
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), 58n14, 337n2, 337n5, 337n7.