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Upholstered armchair

Object number



Maker Unknown


41 1/8 29 1/4 23 in. (104.458 74.295 58.42 cm)



Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


Made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
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American black walnut (primary); mahogany (right arm); hard maple (crest); soft maple (rear legs, stiles, rear seat rail)


Ellis family, Dedham, Massachusetts. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1968; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware; bequeathed to Winterthur Museum, 1969

Associated names

Ellis family
John S. Walton, Inc.
Henry Francis du Pont


This chair and its near mate (RIF1836) have traditionally been attributed to Rhode Island, but recent scholarship has assigned them to Boston, Massachusetts.

Related objects


Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 168–170, no. 91.
Charles F. Hummel, "Queen Anne and Chippendale Furniture in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Part II," Antiques 98, no. 6 (December 1970): 902–903, fig. 14, 16, 18.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 112, fig. 121.