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Side chair


Object number

RIF1389

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm) Width, seat: 21 in. (53.34 cm) Depth, seat: 18 1/2 in. (46.99 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); ash (seat rails); maple (rear diagonal corner braces)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

“Mark A. / D’Wolf,” typed on a white paper label with a red border glued to the interior of the proper-left seat rail

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Mark A. D'Wolf. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1982. Suzanne Hascoe (died 2010) and Norman Hascoe (died 2007), Greenwich, Connecticut, by 2000; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000

Associated names

Mark A. D'Wolf
Israel Sack, Inc.
Suzanne Hascoe
Norman Hascoe

Construction

The front face of the arched serpentine crest is molded; the back is rounded. A single-piece openwork splat of serpentine uprights carved with foliage and a stylized kylix is tenoned into the underside of the crest rail and the top of the rear seat rail. A molded shoe, which surrounds the bottom of the splat on three sides, is fixed to the top of the rear seat rail with wood-filled fasteners. Tenoned and wood-pinned to the ends of the crest rail (the pins are not visible on the front) are serpentine leg/stiles molded in front and rounded in back to the top of the seat frame, below which they are square, rearward as well as inward raking, with chambered inside corners. The rear seat rail is veneered, unusually thick and tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear leg/stiles. It contains notches cut out for diagonal braces which are not present and do not correspond to notches on the contiguous rails. There is a countersunk screw on the rail?s proper left underside. The side seat rails are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front legs and notched to receive diagonal braces set into notches in the bowed front rail. The rear stretcher is slightly shy of the back faces of the rear legs to which it is tenoned, without wood pins. The side stretchers, offset-tenoned without wood pins to their respective legs, are flush with the outside faces of the rear legs and just shy of the outside faces of the front legs, which are square, tapering, and molded on their outside faces. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, October 24, 2014; notes complied by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The chair retains its original upholstery.

See also


Bibliography

Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 52, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 7, p. 1961, P5207, ill.