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Banister-back armchair


Object number

RIF6601

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

42 1/4 24 7/8 17 3/4 in. (107.3 63.2 45.1 cm) Seat height: 14 in. (35.6 cm)

Date

1800–1820

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (arms and front legs); ash (stay rail, stiles, banisters, crest rail, arm supports and stretchers)

Provenance

Private collection

Construction

The double-arched crest-rail, flat in front and chamfered in back at the top and ends, is tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of the turned rear leg/stiles. The wood pins are visible in the back only. Tenoned into the bottom of the crest rail and the top of the stay rail are four turned split balusters. The ends of the stay rail, chamfered at the back, are tenoned into the leg/stiles. Scrolling arms are doweled and wood-pinned to the leg/stiles. Turned arm supports are cut out to fit over the side seat rails, to which they are fixed with rosehead nails. The tops of the arm-supports are doweled and wood-pinned to the arms, and their bottoms are doweled into blocks in the stretchers below. Turned seat rails and stretchers are doweled into the turned, scribe-lined legs. Examined by P.E. Kane, April 18, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.