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Banister-back armchair


Object number

RIF6582

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

46 1/2 in. (118.1 cm)

Date

1730–1750

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Maple (primary); ash (side and rear stretchers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Mary Allis, Fairfield, Connecticut; sold to Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, Milwaukee, 1973; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2019, lot 847

Associated names

Mary Allis
Anne H. Vogel
Frederick Vogel III
Sotheby's

Construction

The double-arched crest rail is tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of the turned leg-stiles. The wood pins are visible on the back only. Split balusters are tenoned into the underside of the crest and the top of the shaped stay rail below, which is tenoned without wood pins to the leg-stiles. Turned arms are tenoned and wood-pinned to the front and rear stiles; the wood pins are visible on the outsides of each stile only. Simple side and rear stretchers are doweled into front and rear legs; more elaborately turned stretchers are doweled into the front legs. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, A. Ward and J.N. Johnson, January 20, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III: Important Early American Furniture, English Silver, Needlework, and Decorative Arts, vol. 2, sale cat. (January 19, 2019), 58, lot 847, ill.