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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 39 3/4 in. (100.965 cm) Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)



Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County


Possibly made in Rhode Island
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"William Ellery / 1727–1820 / Signer / Declaration of Independence," engraved, on plaque on back of splat; "GINSBURG AND LEVY, INC. / ANTIQUES / 815 MADISON AVE.,/ NEW YORK," printed in black ink, on paper label glued inside rear seat rail


William Ellery (1727–1820), Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Richard Henry Dana (née Helen Ford Mumford, 1871–1934); consigned by her estate to American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, April 28, 1934, lot 146. Cornelius C. Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 67. Ginsburg and Levy, New York. Joseph K. Ott, Providence, Rhode Island, before 1975

Associated names

William Ellery
Mrs. Helen Ford Mumford Dana
American Art Association
Anderson Galleries
Cornelius C. Moore
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Joseph K. Ott
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.


The crest rail is flat in front, rounded in back, has arched shoulders and its similarly faced upper stiles, serpentine in profile, are tenoned and wood-pinned to its ends. The backs of the stiles are rounded at the top, chamfered to the seat frame, square at the rails, chamfered to the rear stretchers, then square, rearward-raking and chamfered at the inside face at the bottom. A solid vasiform splat, serpentine in profile and chamfered at its back outside edge is tenoned into the underside of the crest rail and into the top of the molded shoe, which is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the top of the rear seat rail. The rush-covered slip seat frame sits upon chamfered ledgers fixed with rosehead nails inside the flat-arch-skirted side rails and a scallop-skirted front rail. The rear rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the rear leg/stiles. The side rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rear leg/stiles, and single-wood-pinned to the front legs. The front rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the front legs. The turned rear stretcher is doweled into the rear legs, and the blocked and turned side stretchers are turned and wood-pinned to the front and back legs. The cabriole legs have knee brackets fixed with glue and end in shod pad feet with incised ankles. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June 6, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


In addition to the history of ownership, the double-ring turnings on the medial stretcher, the prominence of the rings on the side stretchers near the back legs, and the squareness of the back legs where they meet the floor suggest a Rhode Island origin.

See also


Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, American and English Furniture, Silver and Porcelains: Property of the Estate of the Late Mrs. Richard H. Dana and from the Collection of Francis D. Millet, N.A. with additions, sale cat. (April 28, 1934), 40–41, lot 146, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 12, lot 67.