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From: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984), 356
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Side chair


Object number

RIF837

Maker

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

Dimensions

40 15/16 22 3/16 17 1/16 in. (103.982 56.356 43.339 cm) Seat height: 16 7/16 in. (41.751 cm)

Date

1740–60

Current location

Historic New England (www.historicnewengland.com), formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Black walnut (primary); soft maple (secondary, loose seat frame)

Provenance

Charles Barrett, Sr. (1740–1808), Concord, Massachusetts, and New Ipswich, New Hampshire; by descent to his wife, Rebecca Barrett, 1808; by descent to her daughter-in-law, Martha Minot Barrett, 1838; by descent to her daughter, Mary Ann Barrett Bullard Hersey, 1842; by descent to her daughter, Sarah Jane Bullard, 1875; by descent to her cousin's stepdaughter, Laura Maria Barr, 1903; by descent to her sister, Caroline Barr Wade, 1948; given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), Boston, 1948

Associated names

Charles Barrett, Sr.
Rebecca Barrett
Martha Minot Barrett
Laura Maria Barr
Mary Ann Barrett Bullard Hersey
Sarah Jane Bullard

Construction

The shell is carved on the crest, not applied. Chisels and gouges as well as a rabbet plane were used to cut the seat rails to receive the loose seat. The similarity of the gouge marks on the rails of chairs no. 98 and 99 attest to the work of one man. The loose seat is thick and marked with a chisel like those on chairs no. 97 and 99 (see III-29). No corner blocks were ever present. The loose seat retains its original upholstery (i.e. webbing, linen, Marsh grass and curled hair stuffing, linen, and leather). The condition is excellent; the only damage is a crack in the crest and wear to the leather. The feet retain disks 3/8 inch thick. Source: Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye.,New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 357.

Bibliography

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 356–357, no. 98, ill.
Sarah B. Sherrill, "What's Where When," Antiques 127, no. 3 (March 1985): 623, ill.
Penny J. Sander, "Collections of the Society," Antiques 129, no. 3 (March 1986): 600, fig. 1.
Ellen Fineberg, "Barrett House, New Ipswich, New Hampshire," Antiques 129, no. 3 (March 1986): 646, referenced in pl. III.
Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650–1830, Fifty Years of Discovery since the 1929 Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 67, fig. 85.
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), 5n14.