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Side chair


Object number

RIF4447

Maker

Maker attributed Ambrose Taylor, 1744 - 1831

Dimensions

40 1/8 x 20 x 16 1/2 in. (101.92 x 50.8 x 41.91 cm)

Date

1775–1795

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 (splat, stiles, seat rails, legs, and stretchers); birch (crest and lower back rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

vernacular style

Provenance

By descent in the family of the chairmaker Ambrose Taylor (1744–1831), Warwick, Rhode Island, to Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, Marlboro, Massachusetts; gift to Historic New England, Boston, 2012

Associated names

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg

Notes

The chair retains traces of an old reddish-brown paint that may be original.

Bibliography

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, "A Line of Descent from Ambrose Taylor, Chairmaker of Apponaug," Rhode Island Roots 39, no. 3 (September 2013): 113, ill.
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), 80, 364n7, 365–366, no. 77.