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Slipper chair


Object number

RIF5600

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

35 1/2 23 18 1/2 in. (90.17 58.42 46.99 cm)

Date

1750–95

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (front corner blocks); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"IIII," incised, on underside of slip seat frame; "Carved," in black ink, to left of incised "IIII"

Provenance

Descended in the Rotch family of Fall River, Massachusetts, and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Private collection, 1975

Associated names

Rotch family

Construction

The flat-fronted crest rail centers a finely carved shell, flanked by applied, carved, scrolling "ears," and is rounded at the back, but flat behind the shell. It is joined to the flat-fronted, round-backed serpentine stiles with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting one pin. The elaborate open-work splat sits in a molded shoe with two wood pins. The rear rail joins the rear legs with mortise and tenon joints exhibiting one pin each. The mortise and tenon joints of the side rails exhibit two pins each at the rear legs and one pin above the front legs. The front rail exhibits a pin at each end above the front legs. The rabbeted frame for the slip seat includes two vertical glue blocks at the top of each leg. The side stretchers below are block and baluster-turned, having one pin each at their joint with the rear legs, none at the front legs. The turned medial and rear stretchers are doweled into their adjoining legs and stretchers. The rear legs, rectangular in section, have slightly chamfered corners and rake rearward below the stretchers. The short front legs have rounded knees and brackets applied with glue, and end in shod pad feet. Inspected by P. E. Kane, W. S. Braznell, August 8, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.