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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


37 1/2 20 14 3/4 in. (95.25 50.8 37.465 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (seat rails)


Historic Deerfield, Inc., Massachusetts, by 1956; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19–21, 2007, lot 264

Associated names

Historic Deerfield, Inc.


The serpentine crest rail is flat in front, chamfered in back, has incised, back-ward scrolling ears, and is secured to the flat-fronted, chamfered-in-back stiles by mortise and tenon joints, showing one wood pin each. The crest rail?s arched central panel is decorated with incised lines in a diamond pattern. The open-work splat, decorated with carved volutes and chisel-cut arches within scrolling incised lines, sits in mortise joints in the bottom of the crest and the top of the molded, one-piece shoe/rear rail. The stiles, continuous with the rear legs, are square below the shoe/rear rail, to which it is attached by mortise and tenon joints, each having one wood pin. The side rails join the rear rails in mortise and tenon joints, showing two wood pins apiece. The front rails join the front legs, which are stop-fluted on their outside faces and chamfered on their inside corners, in mortise and tenon joints with one pin each. The rear, rectangular stretcher is tenoned and pinned, once, into each rear leg, and the side stretchers, aligning with the outer faces of the front and rear legs, are also tenoned and pinned, once, into their respective legs. The medial stretchers? dovetail joints with its flanking stretchers is visible on its underside. The seat rails have suffered considerable damage from having once been over-upholstered. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 2007; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 64, fig. 116.
"Deerfield Revisited," Antiques 75, no. 5 (May 1959): 464.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana including Property Approved for Deaccession by the Board of Trustees of Historic Deerfield, Inc., sale cat. (January 19–21, 2007), lot 264.