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Side chairs, set of five

Object number



Maker Unknown


37 1/2 19 7/8 17 in. (95.25 50.48 43.18 cm) Height, seat: 17 1/4 in. (43.82 cm)



Current location

Colonel Daniel Putnam Association


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Godfrey Malbone (1724–1785), Newport, Rhode Island, and Brooklyn, Connecticut; four chairs by descent to Mary Putnam Fogg (1843–1928), Brooklyn, Connecticut; bequeathed to Mary Putnam Clewley (1857–1957), Brooklyn, Connecticut; given to the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association, Brooklyn, Connecticut, 1928; one chair by descent to Elizabeth Malbone Bacon; by descent to Alice Bacon, Danielson, Connecticut; sold to Don H. Ladd, Hampton, Connecticut; sold to the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association, Brooklyn, Connecticut, 1986

Associated names

Godfrey Malbone
Mary Putnam Fogg
Mary Putnam Clewley
Elizabeth Malbone Bacon
Alice Bacon
Don H. Ladd


Each chair has a double-serpentine, flat-fronted crest rail, chamfered in the back, centering an incurvate portion, and ending in flaring "ears." The flat-fronted, chamfered-back stiles are continuous with the square rear legs, and tenoned and wood-pinned to the crest. One crest rail terminus is continuous with the stile. The openwork vasiform splat is tenoned into the underside of the crest rail, set behind the molded shoe, and tenoned into the rear seat rail. The shoe is nailed with brads to the rear seat rail, which is tenoned and single-wood pinned to the rear legs. The side rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rear legs. The rectangular stretchers are tenoned into, and set flush with the outside faces of the square, straight front legs, and the square, slightly rearward raking back legs. The side stretchers are single-wood-pinned. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, September 13, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 253n6.