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Fan-back Windsor side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Pine (seat)


Part of furnishings of Lawtondale Farm, Thornton, Rhode Island, home of the descendants of cabinetmaker Robert Lawton, Jr., Newport, Rhode Island, and Christopher Robinson, South Kingstown, Rhode Island; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, before November 1969; by descent to his wife Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 171; sold to Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Associated names

Joseph K. Ott
Descendants of Christopher Robinson of South Kingston
Descendants of Robert Lawton of Newport
Anne Northrop Ott


This Windsor chair was found with RIF 4482 at Lawtondale Farm, Thornton, R.I.


Joseph K. Ott, "Exports of Furniture, Chaises, and Other Wooden Forms from Providence and Newport, 1783–1795," Antiques 107, no. 1 (January 1975): 137, ill.
Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 253, fig. 6-22.
Joseph K. Ott, "Still More Notes on Rhode Island Cabinetmakers and Allied Craftsmen," Rhode Island History 28, no. 4 (November 1969): 120, fig. 2.
Robert Bishop, How to Know American Antique Furniture (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1973), 98, fig. 119.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 92, lot 171.