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Side chairs, set of six


Object number

RIF322

Maker

Maker attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

96.52 x 53.98 x 54.61 cm (38 x 21 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

Date

1760–1785

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Inscriptions

"II," "III," "IIII," "V," "VI," "VIII," incised on front seat rails and corresponding slip seats (with the exception of chair "VI," which retains slipseat "VII"); "VI," incised on backs of crest and possibly shoe of chair "II"; "I," incised on backs of crest, shoe, and rear seat rail of chair "III"; "IIII," incised on backs of rear seat rail and crest of chair "IIII;" "VIII," incised on backs of rear seat rail and crest of chair "V"; "II," incised on backs of rear seat rail and crest of chair "VI"; "III," incised on backs of crest, shoe, and rear seat rail of chair "VIII"; "WB," in graphite, on front rails of slip seats

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Stephen Hopkins (1707–1785), Providence, Rhode Island. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Walter B. Guy, 1944; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 17, 1992, lot 426 (unsold); by descent to current owner

Associated names

Stephen Hopkins
Israel Sack, Inc.
Walter B. Guy
Christie's

Notes

Sapwood is used prominently on the splat of chair "VIII."

See also


Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 17–18, 1992), 214–15, lot 426, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 74, fig. 9.
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), 76, 341nn2–3, fig. 10.