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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


37 1/4 in. (94.6 cm)



Current location


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


Walnut (primary); maple (slip seat frame)




" I," incised, on back of crest, on frame, and n slip-seat frame of one; "VI," incised, on back of crest and on frame, and "III," incised, on slip-seat frame of the other; "C. T. James," in graphite, on upper edge and inner edge of latter slip-seat frame


Possibly Charles Tillinghast (1729–1775), West Greenwich, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Silas (or Simon) James (née Phoebe Tillinghast, 1768–1848), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son General Charles Tillinghast James (1805–1862), Providence, Rhode Island. George Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., Scarsdale, New York, by 1972; by descent to Roberta Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 333

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
General Charles Tillinghast James
George Arons
Roberta L. Carpenter
Charles Tillinghast
Phoebe Tillinghast

See also


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 83–84, fig. 6–7.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 115–118, 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), 357n4.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 88–89, lot 305, ill.