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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


41 7/8 20 3/4 16 in. (106.363 52.705 40.64 cm)



Current location

Art Institute of Chicago


Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island, or possibly made in Boston
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Walnut (primary); pine (glue blocks of seat [original?])




“///,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail; “4 [later?],” in graphite, on proper-right interior side of rear seat rail; “3 [later?],” in graphite, on proper-left interior side of rear seat rail; illegible graphite, on underside of medial stretcher


Israel Sack, Inc., New York, before 1965; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., Scarsdale, New York, by 1965; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by 1979; sold to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1979

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Israel Sack, Inc.

See also


Judith A. Barter et al., American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), 63–64, no. 12, ill.
Milo M. Naeve, "A New England Chair Design of 1730-1760 and Attributions to the Job Townsends of Newport," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 72 (Spring 2003): 2, 13–17, charts I–IV, fig. 1.
John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 127, 186, fig. 156, 246.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 4–5, no. 4.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 274, fig. 7.3.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 6, p. 1650, P4768.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 85, fig. 8.