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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History vol.16, no.2 (April 1957): 58–59, no. 25, ill.
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Side chair, one of a set of four


Object number

RIF4336

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

38 20 1/2 16 3/8 in. (96.52 52.07 41.593 cm)

Date

1765–85

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“III,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail and on underside of front rail of slip seat; “THIS CHAIR BELONGED TO / GOVERNOR JAMES FENNER / PRESENTED BY / HENRY D. SHARP,” engraved on brass plaque screwed to rear of crest

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Governor James Fenner (1771–1846), Providence, Rhode Island. Henry Dexter Sharpe (1872–1954), Providence; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1944

Associated names

Governor James Fenner
Henry Dexter Sharpe

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no. 2 (April 1957): 58–59, no. 25, ill.