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Side chair

Object number



Maker, attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


38 5/8 21 3/4 20 1/2 in. (98.11 55.25 52.07 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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“V,” incised on inside of front seat rail; “V,” incised, on underside of proper-left seat rail; “VII,” incised on outside surfaces of rear seat rail, shoe, splat, and crest


Sumpter Priddy III, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; sold to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 2007

Associated names

Sumpter Priddy III, Inc.


The flat-fronted, round-backed crest rail has arched "shoulders" and a carved shell at its center. Tenoned and wood-pinned to its termini are flat-fronted, round-backed leg/stiles that are chamfered at their serpentine incurvate portion above the seat, square and rearward-raking below. The inside extent of the incurvate portions of the stiles are separate, glued pieces of wood. Above the seat the stiles are straight, yet rearward-raking in profile. Tenoned into the crest rail is a flat-fronted, chamfered-back, single-piece, openwork vasiform splat, also tenoned into the molded, single-piece shoe below. The front of the shoe does not overhang the inside face of the rear seat rail, to which it is attached by wood-filled fasteners. The rear seat rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the rear legs. The tops of the front and side seat rails are thumb-molded and rabbeted to receive the slip seat; their skirts are flat-arched. The side rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rear legs, and tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front legs. The front rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front legs. The turned rear stretcher is doweled into the rear legs. The blocked and turned side stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear legs and doweled into the front legs. The medial stretcher is doweled into the side stretchers. The front cabriole legs have angular carved knees and deeply carved ankles, with deeply carved claws and talons grasping elongated ball feet. The rails of the slip seat are tenoned into each other without wood pins. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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