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Side chair


Object number

RIF235

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

96.838 x 53.658 x 48.26cm (38 1/8 x 21 1/8 x 19in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); soft maple (secondary)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Maxim Karolik (1893–1963), Boston, and Newport, Rhode Island; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, 1957; given to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1969

Associated names

Maxim Karolik
Ima Hogg

Construction

The flat, double-serpentine crest rail has scrolling "ears" and centers an arched reserve decorated with incised lines enclosing punched dots. The flat-fronted, slightly flaring stiles are cut at an angle where they are tenoned, and wood-pinned to the crest rail. The stiles are rounded in the back, continuous with the rear legs, and square from the top of the seat frame downward. The straight, openwork strapwork splat has incised and carved decoration and is tenoned into the bottom of the crest rail and into the top of the molded shoe, which is nailed with brads to the rear rail and does not overhang the seat frame. The rear rail is tenoned into the rear legs with one pin, as is the front rail to the front legs, and the side rails to the front legs. The side rails are tenoned to the rear legs with two pins each; the proper right side rail contains an extra wood pin. The rear corners of the seat frame contain triangular blocks, once attached with nails, now with screws. The rectilinear arched-top and side and rear stretchers are set flush with their respective legs? outside faces, and tenoned to them without wood pins. The inside corners of the rear legs are chamfered slightly, those of the front legs more deeply. The front legs are stop-fluted on their outside faces. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 26, 2004; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Bibliography

David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 45, no. 75.
Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 410, footnote 2.
David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 49–50, no. F83, ill.