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Upholstered armchair

Object number



Maker Unknown


43 1/2 29 1/2 26 3/4 in. (110.49 74.93 67.945 cm) Height, seat rail: 12 in. (30.48 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (crest rail and seat rails)




John S. Walton, New York, 1959. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1966. Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2008, lot 100

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson
John S. Walton, Inc.


The rear legs and stiles are continuous pieces joined to the double-serpentine crest rail. The lower back brace is tenoned into the stiles. Later triangular blocking occupies the corners of the back frame below the crest rail. The serpentine arms, with scrolling hand-holds, are set into the side rails. They meet their serpentine supports in mortise and tenon joints, each showing one wood pin. The raking rear legs have rounded corners and meet the seat rails in mortise and tenon joints. The front, shell-carved, short cabriole legs are continuous with the front corners of the seat rail, are reinforced by later L-shaped steel brackets screwed to their backs and to the underside of the seat frame and have slightly concave ankles and vigorously carved claws grasping elongated ball feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 15, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 24–25, no. 23, ill.
"John S. Walton advertisement," Antiques 75, no. 1 (January 1959): 4, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, sale cat. (January 19, 2008), 109, lot 100.
"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 90, no. 4 (October 1966): 400, ill.