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Side chairs, set of four

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


Height: 41 1/4 in. (104.775 cm) Width: 21 3/4 in. (55.245 cm) Height of Seat Rail: 16 7/8 in. (42.863 cm)



Current location

Moses Brown School


Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); maple slip seat frame (secondary)


Moses Brown (1738–1836), Providence, Rhode Island; bequeathed by his family to the Moses Brown School, Providence

Associated names

Moses Brown


John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 130, fig. 163.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 37, no. 11, ill.
Milo M. Naeve, "The American Furniture," Antiques 95, no. 1 (January 1969): 132, not illustrated.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture (1998): 25, 34, fig. 42.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 205–206, fig. 4.5–4.5 a–b.
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), 5n14.