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Roundabout chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


31 26 22 in. (78.74 66.04 55.88 cm) Seat height: 17 1/2 in. (44.45 cm)



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); birch (slip seat frame)






John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1967. Ann (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, and New York, 1977; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 231; sold to Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer


The upper crest rail is attached to the crest rail by means of five screw pockets and two rosehead nails. The two halves of the lower crest rail are joined over the center stile by a mortise and tenon joint, exhibiting one peg. The three turned stiles are continuous with the square legs and tenoned into the crest rail and attached to the rear rails with mortise and tenon joints, each joint exhibiting two pegs. The straight, open work splats are tenoned into the shoes below and the crest above. The shoes are nailed to the rails below. Longitudinal braces nailed to the rear rails with large rosehead nails support the slip seat and are lapped together at the rear corner. The seat is supported at the front by rabbets in the two front rails. The front cabriole leg is continuous with the block above and attached to the adjoining rails by mortise and tenon joints exhibiting two pegs each. The angular knees and knee brackets are carved with stylized foliage and the ball and claw foot has an elongated ball and undercut talons. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 21, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 58–59, no. 20, ill.
"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 91, no. 3 (March 1967): 260, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 165, lot 231.