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Side chair


Object number

RIF6365

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

39 × 20 1/4 × 18 3/4 in. (99.06 × 51.44 × 47.63 cm); Height, seat: 17 5/8 in. (44.77 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Warren, Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry (primary); maple (rear rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Caleb Eddy (1768–1851), Warren, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, James Maxwell Eddy, (1811–1901), Warren, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, James Maxwell Eddy, Jr. (1858–1928), Warren, Rhode Island, and later Cicero, Berwyn, and New Trier, Illinois; by descent to his daughter Mrs. William S. Jacob (née Marion Eddy, 1904-1991), Berwyn and later Highland Park, Illinois; by descent in her family

Associated names

Caleb Eddy
James Maxwell Eddy
James Maxwell Eddy, Jr.
Marion Eddy

Construction

The serpentine crest rail is flat in front and rounded in back. Tenoned to its ends are leg/stiles which are similarly faced above the seat, then square, rearward and inward raking below. Each back corner of the rear feet is chamfered. An openwork vasiform splat consisting of serpentine uprights centering a plain urn is tenoned into the underside of the crest rail and into the top of the single-piece, three-sided shoe/rear seat rail. The seat rails have rounded tops and are tenoned without wood pins to their respective neighboring legs. The rectilinear stretchers are tenoned without wood pins to their respective neighboring legs and the medial stretcher joins the side stretchers in half-dovetail joints. The side and front seat rails are rabbeted to receive the rush?covered slip seat, also supported by corner blocks within the frame. Examined by P.E. Kane, E. Litke, and T.B. Lloyd, March 21, 2017, notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.