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Side chair


Object number

RIF6471

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

38 1/4 21 19 1/2 in. (97.16 53.34 49.53 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location

Private collection

Geography


(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"I," incised, on front seat rail rabbet, behind left side knee return, and on exterior rear rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Found in Ashby, Massachusetts; sold to a Fort Worth private collection

Construction

The yoke-shaped crest has incurvate "ears". The legs/stiles are tenoned and wood-pinned to its ends, and an openwork, single-piece splat is tenoned into it and to the top of the molded, single-piece shoe, which overhangs the rear seat rail below. The serpentine, flat-arch-skirted side rails, rabbeted to receive the slip seat, are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the leg/stiles and tenoned and double-wood-pinned to blocks atop the front legs. The rear and medial turned stretchers are doweled into their respective legs. The legs have rounded knees and slightly angular calves. Later triangular blocks are screwed into the corners of the seat frame. Photographs courtesy of a private collection; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

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