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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


Height, back: 37 in. (93.98 cm) Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm) Height, seat: 17 1/2 in. (44.45 cm)



Current location



Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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"IIII," incised, on back of crest, on frame, on slip-seat frame of one; "II," incised on back of crest and "V," incised on frame and slip-seat frame on the other


Possibly Charles Tillinghast (1729–1775), West Greenwich, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Silas (or Simon) James (née Phoebe Tillinghast, 1768–1848), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son General Charles Tillinghast James (1805–1862), Providence, Rhode Island; thence by descent in his family; sold to Maude Cross Ladd (1874–1966) and Arthur B. Ladd (1868–1954), North Kingstown, Rhode Island, by 1953; gift from Maude Cross Ladd to to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Scarsdale, New York, and later Newport, Rhode Island, in 1957; by descent to his wife Roberta L. Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 304. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2020

Associated names

General Charles Tillinghast James
Arthur B. Ladd
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Maude Lorie Cross
Charles Tillinghast
Phoebe Tillinghast
Roberta L. Carpenter
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

See also


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 40, no. 14, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 74–75, fig. 11.
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), 357, no. 74, fig. 2.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 86–88, lot 304, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom Brings $4.575 Million," Maine Antique Digest (March 2020): 126, ill.