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Roundabout chair

Object number



Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker Unknown


Height: 29 1/2 in. (74.93 cm) Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm) Height of seat: 24 1/2 in. (62.23 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (seat supports)






R. W. Maynard, by 1953

Associated names

R. W. Maynard


The shaped, segmental crest rail is attached to the arms below by screws, some wood filled, some not. The semi-circular arm assembly is two-part; the two scrolling pieces are half-lapped together over the middle rear leg/arm support. The arms include built-up, terminal, two-piece scrolling hand-holds and carved elbow rests above the outer arm supports. Each serpentine arm support is continuous with a cabriole leg below, each such assembly containing a rectilinear block attached to its attendant seat rails by mortise and tenon joints and two pins per rail. The proper right corner contains three pins on the front corner, the front corner has none. The two interwoven strapwork splats sit in grooves in the underside of the arms and in molded shoes atop the rear rails. The front, serpentine seat rails are rabbeted to support the slip seat. Inside the rear straight seat rails are horizontal cleats, attached with brads, to support the slip seat. The knee brackets appear to be later restorations. The cabriole legs, which have rounded knees and ankles, end in "cupped" shod pad feet. Inspected by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 22, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 46, no. 20, ill.
Ruth Davidson, "Books about Antiques: Furniture," Antiques 66, no. 6 (December 1954): 494, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 62, fig. 7.
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), 337n5.