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Side chair


Object number

RIF6139

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

39 7/8 x 21 1/8 x 17 in. (101.28 x 53.66 x 43.18 cm)

Date

1750–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Hanna Wilkinson Slater Rhodes (1837–1921) and Henry A. Rhodes, Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Abby Goodwin Rhodes Moore (1873–1941), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to current owner

Associated names

Henry A. Rhodes
Hanna Wilkinson Slater Rhodes
Abby Goodwin Rhodes Moore

Construction

The yoke-shaped crest rail has a flat front face, a rounded top edge, a chamfered bottom edge, and incurvate, pointed ends. A solid vasiform splat is tenoned into it and into the stay rail below, which is chamfered at its ends and tenoned to the leg/stiles. These are alternately ring- and case-turned above the stay rail, tenoned and wood-pinned to the crest rail, simply turned from the stay rail down, and taper at the bottom. The back edge of the splat is chamfered. The side rails of the rush-covered seat are tenoned to the leg/stiles. The simply turned rear stretcher and double side stretchers are doweled into their respective legs, as is the ball- and ring-turned front stretcher. The double-vase-turned tops of the front legs are tenoned and wood-pinned to the front seat rail. The legs are tapered below, have incised rings and offset pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June 26, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

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), 364n6.