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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


38 22 22 1/4 in. (96.52 55.88 56.52 cm) Height, seat: 17 1/2 in. (44.45 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Christie's, New York, June 3, 1989, lot 79; sold to G. K. S. Bush, Inc., New York; sold to private collection, 2000

Associated names

G. K. S. Bush, Inc.


The flat-fronted, chamfer-backed crest rail has arched shoulders centering an arched, shell- and volute-carved reserve. The similarly faced serpentine leg/stiles are tenoned and wood-pinned to the ends of the crest rail; the pins are visible on both sides. The incurvate portions of the stiles are separate pieces. The straight, slightly canted leg/stiles are flat in front and chamfered in back until just above the seat frame, then rake rearward, are then square, then chamfered down to the rear stretcher, then square and very slightly chamfered at the bottom. The single-board vasiform splat, slightly serpentine in profile, is tenoned into the crest rail and into the molded shoe, which overhangs the inside of the rear seat rail and is fixed to the rear seat rail with wood-filled fasteners. The rear seat rail is tenoned and wood-pinned to the leg/stiles. The flat-arch skirted side seat rails are rabbeted to receive the slip seat, are serpentine without, straight within, and tenoned and wood-pinned to the leg/stiles and to the tops of the front legs. The bowed front seat rail is similarly configured. The rear and medial stretchers are doweled into their neighboring elements; each has a double ring turning at the head of its slightly conical ends. The side stretchers include a prominent ring turning a certain distance away from the rear blocked portions, and are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear and front legs, with pins visible on the outside faces only. The front tenons are oversized and meet the front legs at their slightly flattened ?calves.? The shell- and volute-carved cabriole front legs have knee brackets held in with glue and rosehead nails and feet with prominent webbed claws. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 11, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Christie's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 3, 1989), 59, lot 79, ill.
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), 3, 73, 91n13, 256, 269–272, 347, no. 49.