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Roundabout chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


44 1/2 30 24 1/2 in. (113.03 76.2 62.23 cm)



Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


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


American black walnut (primary)


"Large Round about Chair/ with Top, Belonged to Elizabeth/ Wentworth, wife of Joseph Haven/ Grandmother Thacher's Uncle" in black ink on a deteriorated, blue-bordered, gummer paper label on the underside of the left seat rail. "II" incised on the right front seat rail rabbet


Elizabeth Wentworth Haven (died 1813) and Joseph Haven (died 1829), Boston; by descent to his niece, Elizabeth Haven Thatcher (1798–1879). Israel Sack, Inc., probably Boston; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), Winterthur, Delaware; given to Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Associated names

Elizabeth Wentworth Haven
Henry Francis du Pont
Israel Sack, Inc.
Elizabeth Haven Thatcher


Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 64, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 130–131, no. 72.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 154.
Marshall B. Davidson, The American Heritage History of Colonial Antiques (New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1967), fig. 162.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), fig. 118.
John A. H. Sweeney, The Treasure House of Early American Rooms (New York: Viking Press, 1963), 35.
John A. H. Sweeney, Winterthur Illustrated (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1963), 35.