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Side chair

Object number



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



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame)




"IIII" is incised on the rabbet on the front seat rail; "XI" is incised on the slip seat


John S. Walton, Inc., New York. Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz, Pound Ridge, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 30, 1988, lot 1772; sold to Norman Hascoe (died 2007) and Suzanne Hascoe (died 2010), Greenwich, Connecticut; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, January 23, 2011, lot 65

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Doris Seidlitz
Richard M. Seidlitz
Norman Hascoe
Suzanne Hascoe


The rails have double-shouldered tenons where they join the legs; the tenons are offset to the outside and on the side and front rails are the full height of the rabbet; two pins secure the joints of the side rails to the rear stiles and one to each of the front legs; one pin secures the rear rail to each of the the rear stiles; two pins secure the joint of the front rail with each of the front legs; the undersides of the rails have rasp marks; the corner blocks are not original; the stretchers have double-shouldered tenons and the side stretchers are pinned at the back, but not at the front; the inner curves of the stiles are laminated; the splat shoe is attached with brads and does not overhang the rear rail; tenons shows slightly where the crest rail joins the stiles; pins show on the front and back; the splat has two tenons into the crest.

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See also


Felice Davis, "The American Connoisseur: A 'Young' Collector and American Antiques," Connoisseur 179, no. 721 (March 1972): 198, fig. 10.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture: The Collection of Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz, sale cat. (January 30, 1988), lot 1772, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Hascoe Family Collection: Important American and English Furniture, Fine and Decorative Art, sale cat. (January 23, 2011), 45, lot 65, ill.