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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)



Current location

Caxambas Foundation


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (slip seat frame)




"VI," incised, on front rail; "I," incised, on slip seat; "V," incised, on back of crest, splat shoe, and rear rail; "Wm Bodman" or "Wm Bordman," in graphite, on underside of front rail of slip seat; "Parker," in chalk, on front rail of slip seat


Christie's, New York, January 26–27, 1995, lot 128; sold to George Safford Parker II (1929–2004), Janesville, Wisconsin, and later Marco, Florida; Caxambas Foundation, Milwaukee; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2017, lot 2088

Associated names

George Safford Parker II


The crest rail has prominent ?shoulders,? is flat in front, rounded in back, and includes a central carved shell with volutes. Tenoned into its underside is a single-piece, straight-profiled, openwork, vasiform splat also tenoned into the top of a single-piece molded shoe, fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the rear seat rail below, which it slightly overhangs. The single-piece leg/stiles, tenoned and wood-pinned to the ends of the crest rail, are flat in front and rounded in back above the seat frame, and square, rearward- and inward- raking below. The rear seat rail is tenoned and wood-pinned to the leg/stiles. The side seat rails have rounded tops, serpentine outside and straight, rabbeted inside faces, and flat-arched skirts and are tenoned and double-wood-pinned (the proper right rear joint has three pins) to the rear leg/stiles and tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the blocks above the front legs. The front seat rail is configured similarly. The turned rear and side stretchers are also tenoned and wood-pinned to their respective neighboring legs. The front legs have rounded knees, angular ankle tendons and prominent claws and talons grasping elongated ball feet. Knee brackets are held on with nails and glue. The front and rear rails of the slip seat frame are tenoned and wood-pinned to the side rails. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.N. Johnson, J.S. Gordon, Caryne Eskridge, and T.B. Lloyd, January 16, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 26–27, 1995), 64, lot 128, ill.
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), 341n2–3.
Sotheby's, New York, The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation, sale cat. (January 19, 2017), lot 2088, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "The Parker Sale," Maine Antique Digest (March 2017): 33-E, ill.