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Side chair

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809
Maker Unknown


Height, seat: 18 in. (45.72 cm) Height, crest: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm)



Current location



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




Illegible chalk on slip seat frame; two v-shaped gouge marks on rabbet on front rail


Harry Arons Antiques, Inc., Bridgeport, Connecticut; sold to Betty Barton Evans (1923–2013) and Thomas Mellon Evans (1911–1997), New York, 1966; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, June 19, 1998, lot 2096; sold to Norman Hascoe (died 2007) and Suzanne Hascoe (died 2010), Greenwich, Connecticut; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, January 23, 2011, lot 247

Associated names

Harry Arons Antiques, Inc.
Thomas Mellon Evans
Betty Barton Evans
Suzanne Hascoe
Norman Hascoe


No pins are visible fastening the crest rail to the stiles. The splat shoe is attached to the rear rail with brads and does not overhang the rear rail. All the joints of the rails to the stiles and front legs are double-shouldered and are secured with two pins each. The undersides of the seat rails have crosswise lines from a hatch or chisel with wood broken out around some; rasp marks are also visible. The shell on the front rail is applied. The PR rail is thinner than the others and has an added strip to support the slip seat. Examined by J. S. Gordon, P. E. Kane, and E. M. Orr, January 20, 2011.

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture from the Collection of the Late Thomas Mellon and Betty Evans, sale cat. (June 19, 1998), 77–78, lot 2096, 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), 134–135, lot 247, ill.