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Side chairs, set of six

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Maker Unknown


Height: 38 1/4 in. (97.155 cm) Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm) Height to seat rail: 16 3/4 in. (42.545 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Black walnut (primary); maple (secondary)




"I" through "VII," incised on seat and seat rail of each chair; "Brown," in ink, on seat frames of chairs I and VII


Brown family, Providence, Rhode Island. John S. Walton, New York; sold to Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur, Delaware, 1951; given to the Winterthur Museum, Delaware; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 24, 26, 27, and 30, 1995, lot 1983; sold to John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 213

Associated names

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Henry Francis du Pont
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer
Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island
John S. Walton, Inc.
John S. Walton, Inc.


In 1952 Joseph Downs in American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods published these chairs as part of a set of twelve. The set was assembled of two sets of six. The chair illustrated in Downs is from the other set, which lacks the two beaded holes at the center of the splat.

See also


Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection Supplement to Catalogue (n.p.: privately printed, 1993), 209–210, no. 82, fig. 82.1–82.2.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 24, 26–27, and 30, 1995), lot 1983, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 153, lot 213, ill.
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), 268n6.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 99, lot 318, ill.