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Side chair


Object number

RIF6140

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

40 1/8 20 1/8 16 1/4 in. (101.92 51.12 41.28 cm)

Date

1760–1800

Current location

Private Collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Hanna Wilkinson Slater Rhodes (1837–1921) and Henry A. Rhodes, Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Abby Goodwin Rhodes Moore (1873–1941), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to current owner

Associated names

Hanna Wilkinson Slater Rhodes
Henry A. Rhodes
Abby Goodwin Rhodes Moore

Construction

The double-serpentine crest rail is flat on its front and back faces. Tenoned into its underside is a single-piece openwork splat, tenoned below into a rectilinear stay rail, itself tenoned into the leg/stiles. The leg/stiles are flat in front. In the back they are alternately rounded at the top (where they are tenoned to the rounded-back bottoms of the crest rail ends), then chamfered to above the stay rail, then square, slightly rearward raking and slightly chamfered on the inside face at the bottom. The rear seat rail is rectilinear in the middle, tapering at the ends to circular dowels set into the leg/stiles. The side seat rails are rectilinear in the front, where they are tenoned to the front rail, and taper to dowels set into the leg/stiles in back. The front seat rail is fully rectilinear. Into it are doweled the front legs ? ring- and vase-turned at the top, then turned and tapering with incised rings, ending in offset pad feet. The turned single rear stretcher and double side stretchers taper slightly as they are doweled into their respective legs. The front ball- and ring-turned stretcher is doweled into the front legs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June 27, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

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), 363, 365, no. 76, fig. 1.