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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms, Part I," The Connoisseur (June 1972): 8, fig. 7
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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF333

Maker

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

Dimensions

37 1/4 in. (94.6 cm)

Date

1760–1785

Current location


Geography

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

Medium

Walnut (primary); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

" 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

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

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

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

See also


Bibliography

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.