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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)



Current location



Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island, formerly said to have been made in Boston
(view a map of Rhode Island)






"VIIII," incised, on front seat rail rabbet


Robert P. Hendrikson; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 24–25, 2014, lot 247

Associated names

Robert P. Hendrikson


The serpentine crest is flat in front and slightly chamfered at the back. In its center is a volute-carved shell. The crest rail meets the leg/ stiles below in mortise and tenon joints, each with one wood through-pin. Tenoned into its underside is a vasiform splat also tenoned into a molded, single-piece shoe which sits above, and overhangs slightly, the rear seat rail, which is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to each rear leg/stile. The joints between the proper right leg/stile and both the rear seat rail and the proper right side seat rail contains shims, possibly indicating old repairs. The proper right side seat rail is tenoned and twice-wood-pinned (one pin probably later) to the proper right leg/stile and front leg. The proper left side contains a single wood pin in back and in front. The leg/stiles are square at the seat rail, chamfered below, square at the blocked and turned side stretchers (tenoned into them with single wood pins), and rake rearward below. The turned rear stretcher is doweled into them. The side stretchers are tenoned and through-single-wood-pinned to the leg/stiles and to the front legs, and the medial stretcher is doweled into them. At each corner of the seat frame is a triangular block. The rails of the slip seat are tenoned to each other. The front cabriole legs have carved knee brackets attached with rosehead nails. Their knees and ankles are rounded; their pad feet have chamfered and incised ankles. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, January 21, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 24–25, 2014), 134, lot 247, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 91n16.