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From: Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture(Providence, Rhode Island: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 12, plate 12
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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF427

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (side and front seat rails)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Private collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by 1965

Construction

The stiles are flat in front, rounded in back, square, rearward and inward-raking below the seat. They are tenoned and wood-pinned to the ends of the serpentine splat, which is flat in front, has slightly rounded edges in back, ends in scroll-carved ears and centers an arched, incised, and dot-punched reserve. The single-piece openwork, scroll-carved splat is tenoned into the rear seat rail, which is tenoned, with single wood pins, into the leg/stiles. The splat sits behind a single-piece molded shoe nailed to the top of the rear seat rail. The overupholstered side rails are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear legs/stiles and the front rail. The rear stretcher is flush with the back face of the rear legs, to which it is tenoned and wood-pinned. The side stretchers, flush with the outside faces of the front and rear legs, are tenoned and wood-pinned to them. The medial stretcher meets the side stretchers in half-dovetail joints. The front legs are chamfered at their inside corners and stop-fluted on their outside faces. There are shadows of blocks in the front corners of the overupholstered seat frame. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 23, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 12–13, no. 12, ill.