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Upholstered armchair

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to Joseph Proud, 1711 - 1769


35 × 22 1/2 × 19 1/2 in. (88.9 × 57.15 × 49.53 cm)



Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


Probably made in Boston, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); maple (lower back rail, seat rails, outside section of rear stiles, and crest)




“/,” in graphite, on underside of proper-right seat rail; “//,” in graphite, on underside of proper-left seat rail; loop, in graphite, on underside of side seat rails; “/,” in graphite, on top surface of lower back rail


Possibly owned by Abraham Redwood (1709–1788), Antigua, Newport and Portsmouth, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mehetable Redwood Ellery (1784–1832), Newport; by descent to her granddaughter, Mrs. Elbert J. Anderson (née Martha Maria Ellery, 1803–1880), Newport. Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware, between 1920 and 1950; bequeathed to Winterthur Museum, 1969

Associated names

Henry Francis du Pont
Mehetable Redwood Ellery
Martha Maria Ellery Anderson
Rosalie Redwood Anderson Ford
Abraham Redwood


Covered by its original leather upholstery, one assumes that this armchair was constructed in the same manner as its putative twin, RIF 1342. The feet of the present example are less worn than those of the other chair. Examined by J.N. Johnson, January 27, 2012; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 18.
Joseph K. Ott, "Abraham Redwood's Chairs?," Antiques 119, no. 3 (March 1981): 670, fig. 2, 3.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 171–173, no. 92.
Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, American Furniture:1620 to the Present (New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1981), 98, ill.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture (1998): 13–14, fig. 18.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 22, fig. 2.