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Side chairs, set of six

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to Job Danforth, 1745–1838
Maker, formerly attributed to Goddard and Engs, established 1782
Maker, formerly attributed to John Carlile and Sons, active 1789–1803
Maker Unknown


Height: 38 3/4 in. (98.425 cm)



Current location



Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island, or possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); birch (seat rails and cross braces); pine (corner blocks)






Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1966. Mr. and Mrs. George Fennimore Johnson, Chestertown, Maryland, by 2008; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2008, lot 45. Private collection, New Jersey; consigned to Doyle, New York, April 6, 2016, lot 183

Associated names

Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson
Israel Sack, Inc.
Doyle New York
Private Collection


Each chair has a molded, serpentine crest rail above an elaborately carved, openwork splat, including an ellipse surrounding a reeded urn, surmounted by carved feathers, and flanked by carved swags, above five curving uprights and a fluted segmental reserve, the whole tenoned into a molded shoe, fixed to the rear seat rail with wood-filled fasteners. The curving stiles, molded in front and rounded in back, are continuous with the rear legs, to which is tenoned, with a wood pin at each joint, the rear seat rail. The side seat rails are through-tenoned, wood-pinned and wedged to the square, tapered rear legs, which are slightly convergent. Most corners of the seat frames contain a diagonal brace, set into grooves in the adjacent rails; some contain an additional vertical chamfered glue block. Some corners contain later, triangular blocks attached with screws. Some serpentine front rails consist of two boards, joined by rosehead nails and tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of the front legs. Some front rails are single, solid-boards with a flat interior face. The side stretchers are tenoned into the rear and front legs, flush with the outside face of the rear legs, slightly shy of the molded outside face of the front leg. The inside corner of the front legs is slightly chamfered; the outside faces are molded. The rear and medial stretchers are tenoned, without wood pins, to their adjoining members. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 17, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, sale cat. (January 19, 2008), 56–59, lot 45, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques (September 1965): inside cover, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 2, p. 343, no. 851, ill.
Doyle New York, New York, American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (April 6, 2016), 59, lot 183, ill.