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Roundabout chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 31 3/4 in. (80.645 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (support nailed to a seat rail); yellow poplar (seat frame) [at least two of the seat frame rails are replaced]






Sotheby's, New York, January 15–16 and 18, 2004, lot 414; sold to Bejanmin F. Edwards III (1931–2009), St. Louis and Naples, Florida; consigned by his estate to Christie's, New York, January 24–25, and 28, 2013, lot 162

Associated names

Benjamin F. Edwards III


The upper portion of the crest rail is a single piece, quarter-round in plan, with serpentine ends. It is joined to the lower, two-part portion, half-round in plan, by two rosehead nails on either side of the middle stile and leg assembly. The lower portion of the crest rail has scrolling, incurvate arms, circular termini, and an iron strap screwed to the underside of its proper left arm. Each stile and leg assembly is secured to the lower crest rail by a wood pin, visible at the rear. They are joined to the straight rails of the seat below by mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting two wood pins each at the rear and side corners and one wood pin at each side of the front corner. The open work splats are set into grooves in the underside of the lower crest rail and in the incurvate, molded shoes, which are joined to the rails below with brads. The square slip seat rests upon cleats fixed with rosehead nails to the rear rails and upon rabbets in the front rails. Some of the knees brackets, held on with glue and brads, are replaced. The cabriole legs have somewhat angular knees, rounded ankles, and shod (except for the rear foot which is reduced in height) pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, J.N. Johnson, T.B. Lloyd, January 22, 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 15–16, 18, 2004), 220, lot 414, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Silver, Furniture, Folk Art, Prints, English Pottery, and Chinese Export Art, sale cat. (January 24–25 and 28, 2013), 163, lot 162, ill.