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Roundabout chair


Object number

RIF202

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 78.74cm (31in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); walnut and ash (corner braces)

Provenance

George Coe Graves, Osterville, Massachusetts; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1930; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 15–16, 2004, lot 419

Associated names

George Coe Graves
Christie's

Notes

This chair belongs to a group with closely related splats and turnings. One example at the Connecticut Historical Society with a history in the Royce family of Wallingford has been attributed to Samuel Lothrop of Norwich. Another example has a history of ownership on Nantucket. Another example (RIF2350), previously owned by the South County Art Association of Kingston, Rhode Island, raises the possibility that the form has Rhode Island roots.

See also


Bibliography

Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 38–39, no. 4, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and 20th Century Self-Taught and Outside Art, sale cat. (January 15–16, 2004), 213, lot 419, ill.