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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)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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"Blaney / [torn] Vernon St. / Boston," in ink, on paper label with printed borders and cut corners glued on underside of one arm


Dwight Blaney (1865–1944), Boston, and Bar Harbor, Maine. Mitchell M. Taradash (1889–1973), Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, before 1974. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1974. Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, before 2008; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2008, lot 96

Associated names

Dwight Blaney
Mitchell M. Taradash
Israel Sack, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson


The rear legs and stiles are continuous pieces, joined to the double-serpentine crest rail. The lower back brace is tenoned into the stiles. The side seat rails are attached to the stiles by mortise and tenon joints, showing wood pins. At each interior corner of the seat frame is a large, vertical, quarter round glue block reinforced with nails. The serpentine arm supports are set into the seat rails and meet the serpentine arms in mortise and tenon joints, each with one wood pin. Each serpentine arm exhibits old repairs and a stepped-down, scrolling hand-hold. The rear legs, fitted with casters, have slightly rounded corners. The front, shell-carved cabriole legs are continuous with the front corners of the seat rail, are fitted with knee brackets held on with glue and nails, and are square-sectioned with rounded corners. The claw and ball feet have slightly concave ankles, vigorously carved claws and elongated talons, which grasp elongated balls carved out to accommodate casters. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 17, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 51, no. 25, Detail, p. 209, Supplement 25, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Fenimore Johnson, sale cat. (January 19, 2008), 105, lot 96, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 60, fig. 1.52.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 2, pp. 108–109, fig. 582.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 4, p. 1085, no. P3966, ill.