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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., accession no. 1952.9.2; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown


38 1/2 22 21 1/4 in. (97.79 55.88 53.975 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)




"V," incised, inside front seat rail and "12," in chalk, inside rear seat rail; "I, II, III, IV," incised, on corner blocks on chair and corresponding seat rails on chair 1952.3a "I," incised, on inside front seat rail and "10," in chalk, inside rear seat rail on chair 1953.3b


John S. Walton, New York; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1952; 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-fronted, round-backed serpentine crest rail centers a volute-carved shell. The vasiform splat below, serpentine in section, flat in front and chamfered in back, is tenoned into the crest rail and into the molded single-piece shoe below, which slightly overhangs the seat frame. The straight, serpentine stile-legs, flat in front and rounded in back above the seat, are tenoned without wood pins to the ends of the crest rail. They are chamfered above the rear seat rail (which is tenoned and wood-pinned into them), square below the rail, then chamfered, then square, with chamfered inside corners at the floor. The serpentine side rails and bowed front rail are tenoned, without wood pins into their respective legs. The turned rear stretcher is doweled into the rear legs. The block and turned side stretchers are tenoned, without wood pins, into the shell-carved front legs. The turned medial stretchers is doweled into the side stretchers. Triangular blocks screwed into the seat rails now occupy the corners of the seat frame. 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), 116–117, no. 49, ill.
Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part II," Antiques 91, no. 4 (April 1967): 509, ill.
Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques, The Milwaukee Home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stone," Antiques 69, no. 5 (May 1956): 438, ill.
Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 23, ill.