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Slat-back side chair


Object number

RIF6469

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

38 × 18 1/2 × 14 in. (96.52 × 46.99 × 35.56 cm)

Date

1750–1800

Current location


Geography

Probably made in Bristol, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple and ash (two lower slats and stretchers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"PM," incised, on back of top slat

Style

Vernacular

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

Associated names

Nelson Miller
James Miller
Augustus Nelson Miller
Abby Louisa Miller Williams
Mildred Lewis Williams Williams
Dr. William Frederick Williams
William Frederick Williams, Jr.

Construction

The heights of the three incurvate, serpentine-topped slats diminish from the top to the bottom slat. They are tenoned into the straight, turned leg/stiles; the top slat is also wood-pinned. Examined by P.E. Kane and E. Litke, July 20, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.