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Side chairs, assembled set of six


Object number

RIF1377

Maker

Maker, possibly by John Carlile and Sons, active 1789?1803

Dimensions

Height, seat: 18 in. (45.72 cm)

Date

1789–1803

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Thomas Mellon Evans (1911–1997) and Betty Barton Evans (1923–2013), New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, June 19, 1998, lot 2131

Associated names

Thomas Mellon Evans
Betty Barton Evans
Sotheby's

Construction

The continuous leg-stiles are tenoned into a serpentine crest rail which is rounded in back and molded on the front. The leg-stiles are similarly worked, being serpentine in profile just above the seat and square-tapering and rearward-raking below the seat. The splat consists of an elliptical frame centering a reeded kylix, flowerheads and various foliate motifs over five curving uprights above a segmental fluted reserve. The top of the rear seat rail is a separate molded strip. The seat rail is tenoned, without wood pins, to the leg-stiles. The side (straight) and front (serpentine) seat rails are over-upholstered. Each interior corner of the seat contains a triangular block fixed with countersunk screws and other fasteners to the adjacent rails. The front faces of the front legs are molded; all other are plain, as are the stretchers. The medial stretcher meets the side stretchers in half-dovetail joints, visible on the underside. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, A.W. Ward, J.N. Johnson, January 20, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

See RIF35

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Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture from the Collection of the Late Thomas Mellon and Betty Evans, sale cat. (June 19, 1998), 114, lot 2131, ill.