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Rocking chair


Object number

RIF4389

Maker

Maker: attributed to Thomas Taylor, 1772 - 1857

Dimensions

101.28 x 55.25 x 63.82 cm (39 7/8 x 21 3/4 x 25 1/8 in.)

Date

1815–1835

Current location

Historic New England (www.historicnewengland.com), formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Geography

Made in Warwick, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (arms, crest, spindles, stiles, lower back rail, front stretcher, proper-left upper stretcher, and front and proper-left seat rails); oak (rockers, arms supports, lower side stretchers, proper-right upper stretcher, and rear stretcher); ring porous wood (?) (rear and proper-right seat rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

vernacular style

Provenance

By descent in the family of the chairmaker Thomas Taylor (1772–1857), Warwick, Rhode Island, to Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, Marlboro, Massachusetts; gift to Historic New England, Boston, 2012

Associated names

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg

Construction

Into the bottom of the slightly incurvate, twice-arched crest rail are doweled two slightly serpentine stiles and six more aggressively serpentine spindles. The stiles are continuous with straight turned legs below. The spindles are doweled into a lower back rail which is in turn tenoned into the stiles. Serpentine arms are doweled into the stiles and supported by turned supports doweled into the rush-covered side rails and the upper side stretchers. Incised rings indicate the layout of dowels. Set into grooves in the bottom of the turned legs and secured with wood pins are two rockers. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photos provided by Cherry Fletchers Bamberg

Notes

The chair retains traces of what may be original black paint.

Bibliography

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, "A Line of Descent from Ambrose Taylor, Chairmaker of Apponaug," Rhode Island Roots 39, no. 3 (September 2013): 119.