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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown


38 in. (96.5 cm)



Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (side and front seat rails)


Originally owned by Christopher Champlin (1731–1805), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent in the Champlin family, possibly to Mrs. Oliver Hazard Perry (née Elizabeth Champlin Mason, 1791–1858); sold at the sale of the contents of the Perry House, Parade (Washington Square) Newport, 1858; sold to the King family, Newport, and Albany, New York; by descent to Peter King, Newport; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Newport, 1953; by descent to his wife Roberta L. Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 310; sold to Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Christopher Champlin
Elizabeth Mason Champlin Perry
Peter King
Roberta L. Carpenter

Related objects

See also


Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 119–121, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 87, fig. 11–12.
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), 376n2.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 92–94, lot 310, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom Brings $4.575 Million," Maine Antique Digest (March 2020): 125, ill.