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Side chair


Object number

RIF6431

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

41 × 18 5/8 × 18 1/2 in. (104.14 × 47.31 × 46.99 cm)

Date

1730–60

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Possibly Nelson Miller (1754–1840), Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son James Miller (1795–1846), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Augustus Nelson Miller (1816–1901), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Fielding Lewis Williams (née Abby Louisa Miller, 1842–1927), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to her daughter Mrs. William Frederick Williams (née Mildred Lewis Williams, 1867–1928), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to her husband Dr. William Frederick Williams (1859–1931), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son William Frederick Williams, Jr. (1896–1959), Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family

Construction

The crest rail, tenoned and pinned to the stiles below, has arched ?shoulders? with molded fronts and plain backs flanking an incurvate central section. The bottom of which is wide and flat, ending in incised circles. A single-piece vasiform splat, serpentine in profile, is tenoned into this flat portion and into the plain stay rail below, which is tenoned, without wood pins, to the leg/stiles. There serpentine leg/stiles are molded in front and square in back to just above the seat, below which they are square in front and back, and rearward raking. The rectilinear rear and side, and double-serpentine front seat rails are tenoned and wood-pinned to their respective neighboring legs. Top of the seat rails are beaded strips, mitered over the front legs, and nailed with brads. A rush-carved seat flame is fixed to the rails. The rectilinear side stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to their respective neighboring legs; the rear stretcher is tenoned without wood pins. The ball- and reel-turned front stretcher is doweled into the blocked and vase-turned front legs. Examined by P.E. Kane and E. Litke, July 20, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

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