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Child's side chair


Object number

RIF375

Maker

Maker: possibly Thomas Goddard, 1765–1858

Dimensions

Height: 77.47cm (30 1/2 in.); Height, seat: 29.21cm (11 1/2 in.)

Date

1785–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"III," incised, inside face of stretcher and underside of corner of rush seat

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Thomas Goddard (1765–1858) for his wife, possibly Sarah Ambrose; by descent in the Goddard family. Duncan A. Hazard (1874–1939), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 9, 1940, lot 83. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1970; purchased by private collection; consigned to Keno Auctions, New York, January 18, 2011, lot 179

Associated names

Sarah Ambrose Goddard
Duncan A. Hazard
John S. Walton, Inc.
Private collection
Keno Auctions

Construction

The flat fronted, pierced, arched crest rail is tenoned and pinned to slightly flaring stiles, which have rounded backs above the seat, and are square and backward-flanking below. The tops of the seat rails are slightly rounded, and tenoned to the rear and tapering front legs without pins. The rectilinear stretchers are set flush with the outside faces of the legs, to which they are joined without wood pins. There are numerous scribe lines at the confluences of stretchers and legs. The rails of the rush seat meet in mortise and tenon joints with one wood pin apiece. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 20, 2011; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Early American Furniture including Important Goddard and Other Examples from the Private Collection of the Late Duncan A. Hazard, Newport, Rhode Island, sale cat. (November 9, 1940), 13, lot 83, ill.
"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 98, no.5 (November 1970): 652, ill.
Keno Auctions, New York, American and European Paintings, Folk Art, Furniture, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 18, 2011), 73, lot 179, ill.