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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., accession no. 1955.4; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


42 21 20 in. (106.68 53.34 50.8 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Walnut (primary); maple (slip seat)






John S. Walton, New York; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1955; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone


The front of the crest rail (possibly replaced) is flat at its central, shell-carved portion and rounded at the flanking arched portions. The back is also rounded. The leg/stiles, serpentine in profile, are tenoned to its termini without wood pins. They are rounded in front and in back above the seat, square at the seat rail, then chamfered, then square and slightly chamfered at their front faces just above the floor. The vasiform splat, serpentine in profile, is tenoned into the bottom of the crest rail and into the top of the single-piece molded shoe, which is attached with wood-filled fasteners to the rear seat rail, which it overhangs, and which is tenoned and single-wood pinned to the rear legs. The flat-arch-skirted side seat rails are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the rear and front legs. The scallop-skirted front seat rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front legs. The joints are not through-pinned. There are no corner blocks within the seat frame. The side stretchers are square-tenoned and wood-pinned to the front legs, and doweled into the rear legs. The rear and medial stretchers are doweled into their respective neighboring elements. The rails of the slip seat are tenoned and wood-pinned to each other. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 23, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


The double-ring turnings on the medial stretcher, the prominence of the rings on the side stretchers near the junction with the back legs, and the thickness of the back legs where the meet the floor suggest a Rhode Island origin.

See also


Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 120–121, no. 51, ill.
Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part I," Antiques 91, no. 2 (February 1967): 212, ill.
Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques, The Milwaukee Home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stone," Antiques 69, no. 5 (May 1956): 439.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, "Living with Antiques: Chipstone near Milwaukee," Antiques 133, no. 5 (May 1988): 1154, pl. XVII.