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Side chair [no illustration]

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Made in Rhode Island
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A note affixed to the back of the chair: "This chair was made in 1685 during the reign of Charles II. It has been handed down by the descendants of Governor Walter Clarke, whose wife [Freeborn Williams] was Roger Williams' daughter. From Clarke to his daughter wife of Daniel Gould. From Gould to his daughter wife of Jonathan Marsh. From above to his grandson John Marsh. From him to his grand-daughter Elsa F. Atkinson."


By tradition, originally owned by Governor Walter Clarke (1640–1714), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Gould; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Jonathan Marsh; by descent to her son, John Marsh; by descent to Elsa F. Atkinson. Cornelius C. Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 86

Associated names

Governor Walter Clarke
Descendants of Governor Walter Clarke
John Marsh
Elsa F. Atkinson
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Cornelius C. Moore


Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 21, lot 88.