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Side chair

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Maker, attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


Height: 39 5/8 in. (100.648 cm) Seat height: 17 3/8 in. (44.133 cm) Width, seat front: 19 7/8 in. (50.483 cm) Width, seat back: 15 3/4 in. (40.005 cm) Width at feet: 21 3/4 in. (55.245 cm) Depth, seat: 16 1/4 in. (41.275 cm) Depth at feet: 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)



Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame)




“I,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail; “XIII,” incised on slip seat frame; “XII,” incised on rear surfaces of crest, splat, shoe, and rear seat rail


Sara Lyon Dyer, Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Wilbour Marcy (1829–1916), Newport; by descent to her sister Mary Wilbour (died 1934), Newport; by descent to her great nephew, Elmer D. Keith, Clintonville, Connecticut; sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1955

Associated names

Sara Lyon Dyer
Sarah Elizabeth Wilbour Marcy
Mary Wilbour
Elmer D. Keith

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See also


Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 44–45, 336, no. 9, ill.
Nancy Goyne Evans, "A Pair of Distinctive Chairs from Newport, Rhode Island," Antiques 145, no. 1 (January 1994): 190, pl. VI, VIa, ill.
Homer Eaton Keyes, "Two Branches of the Newport Townsends," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 310, fig. 7.
Joan Barzilay Freund, Alan Miller, and Leigh Keno, "The Very Pink of the Mode: Boston Georgian Chairs, Their Export, Their Influence," American Furniture (1996): 297, fig. 47.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 5, 2000), 79, fig. 4.
John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 50, 53, 135, 185, fig. 38, 172.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 75, fig. 10.
William R. Johnston, "Anatomy of the Chair: American Regional Variations in Eighteenth-century Styles," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin n.s. 21 (November 1962): 121, fig. 5.
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), 91n18, 341nn5–6.