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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


41 3/8 19 18 3/8 in. (105.09 48.26 46.67 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Anne H. Vogel and Frederick Vogel III, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1980; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 2016

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Frederick Vogel III
Anne H. Vogel


The front edges of the crest rail?s flanking arches are beaded; the incurvate center portion is flanked by carving. The leg/stiles below, beaded in front, flat in back, and serpentine in profile, are tenoned and wood-pinned to it, as is the serpentine, vasiform splat, flat in front, with chamfered edges in back. The front of the stiles flatten as they approach the seat frame, and are square below the seat, where they rake rearward and are slightly chamfered on their inside faces at the floor. The rail into which the splat is tenoned is tenoned without wood pins, into the stiles. The underside of the rail is ogee-molded. The side seat rails are tenoned and wood-pinned to the stiles and to the blocks atop the blocked and vase-turned front legs. The scallop-skirted front rail is tenoned and wood-pinned to the front legs. The ball and reel-turned front stretcher is doweled into the front legs. The rectangular rear and side stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to and flush with the outer faces of their neighboring elements. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


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), 2, 68, 246, 249–251, no. 43.