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Spindle-back armchair

Object number



Maker Unknown


43 1/2 25 5/8 20 1/2 in. (110.49 65.088 52.07 cm)



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Maple and ash; cornhusk (seat)






By descent in the Brown family, Little Compton, Rhode Island. Cornelius C. Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; bequeathed to Providence College, Rhode Island; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 111; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993) for Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1971; Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, from 1974

Associated names

Brown family of Little Compton, Rhode Island
Cornelius C. Moore
Providence College
Doris Duke
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.


The turned crest rail and lower back rail are doweled into elaborately turned rear uprights with turned finials. Between the rails are five turned spindles. Sausage-turned downward sloping arms are doweled into the front and rear uprights. Below the arms are less steeply sloping arm braces doweled into the front and rear uprights. Atop the turned front uprights are turned circular hand-holds. The seat rails are doweled into the front and rear uprights; the seat consists of woven, painted cornhusks. Below the seat, the legs are unadorned except for circular scribe lines. They are joined by pairs of side stretchers, front stretchers, and a single rear stretcher. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 27, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


The chair's visible paint layers are blue covered in red with gold highlights.

See also


Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 34, lot 111.
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), 14, 30n20, 141–142, no. 3.