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Upholstered armchair


Object number

RIF4720

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

104.458 x 74.295 x 58.42 cm (41 1/8 x 29 1/4 x 23 in.)

Date

1740-1750

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, or made in Boston, Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

American black walnut (primary); mahogany (right arm); hard maple (crest); soft maple (rear legs, stiles, rear seat rail)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Ellis family, Dedham, Massachusetts. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1968; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware; bequeathed to Winterthur Museum, 1969

Associated names

Ellis family
John S. Walton, Inc.
Henry Francis du Pont

Notes

This chair and its near mate (RIF1836) have traditionally been attributed to Rhode Island, but recent scholarship has assigned them to Boston, Massachusetts.

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Bibliography

Charles F. Hummel, "Queen Anne and Chippendale Furniture in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Part II," Antiques 98, no. 6 (December 1970): 902–903, fig. 14, 16, 18.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 112, fig. 121.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 168–170, no. 91.