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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF5384

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

39 1/2 21 18 1/2 in. (100.3 53.3 47 cm); Seat height: 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Date

1740–60

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"V," incised, on rabbet of one front seat rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to Richard and Kay Barrett, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Carmel, California; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 1997, lot 274; sold to a private collection

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Richard Barrett
Kay Barrett
Christie's

Construction

The incurvate, yoke-shaped crest rail has a flat-fronted face and a chamfered back. The top edge of its shoulders are flat, the top edge of its middle portion tapers to a point. Its longitudinal profile is slightly incurvate. Leg/stiles are tenoned and wood-pinned to its ends. Their profiles are serpentine above the seat ? flat in front, and chamfered in back. Below the seat, they rake rearward, and are chamfered from the seat rails to the stretchers, below which they rake rearward slightly in back and are chamfered in front. The edge of the vasiform splat is chamfered in back. Serpentine in profile, it is tenoned into the underside of the crest rail and the molded top of the shoe, itself nailed from above to the rear seat rail, which is tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear leg-stiles. The side seat rails, rabbeted on their inner faces, have a slightly eased profile on their upper edge and flat-arched skirts, with serpentine profiles in back. They are single-shoulder tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rear leg-stiles. The serpentine-skirted front rail is similarly joined to the blocks atop the front legs. The turned rear stretcher is doweled into the rear legs. The inner portions of its slightly conical ends have half-round turnings and shallow scribe-lines. The medial stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear legs and to flattened portions of the chamfered backs of the front legs, which end in "lightly shod" pad feet with incised ankles. The underside of each foot bears a circular dowel, perhaps filling a hole left by a former riser or caster. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, August 22, 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, The Collection of Kay and Richard Barrett: Important American and English Furniture, including Needlework and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 17, 1997), 89, lot 274, ill.