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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., accession no. 1977.7; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Leather chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


41 1/2 19 1/2 20 in. (105.41 49.53 50.8 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Walnut (primary); maple (secondary)




No visible inscriptions


Found in Rhode Island by John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1977; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

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


The flat-backed round-fronted crest rail has beaded edges and a broad, incurvate and scroll-carved center. Tenoned and wood-pinned to its termini are leg/stiles which are also flat-backed, round-fronted, with beaded edges, and serpentine in profile above the seat, square and rearward-raking below the seat. The splat consists of rectangular stiles, serpentine in profile, tenoned without wood pins into the bottom of the crest rail and the top of a partially overupholstered lower rail, which is tenoned, without wood pins to the leg/stiles. Just below the crest rail, the stiles of the splat are joined by a transverse block tenoned into them and the underside of the crest rail. On the back of all the splat parts are nail holes indicating former upholstery. The rear seat rail is tenoned without wood pins to the rear legs, and the side rails are tenoned to them with single wood pins, and to the front legs with long wood pins which extend well into the seat frame. The rectangular rear stretcher is tenoned without wood pins to the rear legs, and the rectangular side stretchers are tenoned to them and the blocked and vase-turned front stretchers with one wood pin apiece. The ball-turned front stretcher is doweled into blocks in the front legs. On the underside of the front feet are circular fillers indicating the former presence of casters. The lower portions of the carved outside faces of the front feet are applied; the proper right foot has one additional uncarved piece on its rear face. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 112–113, no. 47, ill.