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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island, or made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (side and front seat rails)


Constance Pember Godfrey (1929 - 2014) and Dudley J. Godfrey, Jr. (1926 - 2007), Milwaukee, by 1965; consigned by the Dudley and Constance Godfrey Foundation, Milwaukee, to Sotheby's, New York, January 18–21, 2018, lot 799

Associated names

Constance Pember Godfrey
Dudley J. Godfrey, Jr.
Dudley and Constance Godfrey Foundation


The stiles are flat in front, rounded in back, square, rearward and inward-raking below the seat. They are tenoned and wood-pinned to the ends of the serpentine splat, which is flat in front, has slightly rounded edges in back, ends in scroll-carved ears and centers an arched, incised, and dot-punched reserve. The single-piece openwork, scroll-carved splat is tenoned into the rear seat rail, which is tenoned, with single wood pins, into the leg/stiles. The splat sits behind a single-piece molded shoe nailed to the top of the rear seat rail. The overupholstered side rails are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rear legs/stiles and the front rail. The rear stretcher is flush with the back face of the rear legs, to which it is tenoned and wood-pinned. The side stretchers, flush with the outside faces of the front and rear legs, are tenoned and wood-pinned to them. The medial stretcher meets the side stretchers in half-dovetail joints. The front legs are chamfered at their inside corners and stop-fluted on their outside faces. There are shadows of blocks in the front corners of the overupholstered seat frame. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 23, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 12–13, no. 12, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 18–21, 2018), vol. 2, p. 75, lot 799, ill.
Clifford P. Monahon, "John Brown House Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Rhode Island History 24, no. 2 (April 1965): 34, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Americana at Sotheby's," Maine Antique Digest (March 2018): 17-E, ill.