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Roundabout chair

Object number



Maker John Goddard, American, 1723?1785


31 5/8 × 29 × 27 in. (80.33 × 73.66 × 68.58 cm)



Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); pine (glue blocks)




"Brown / X," in ink, on underside of seat frame; "II," incised on underside of seat frame and on rabbet of proper-right front seat rail; "S Herreshoff," in ink, on the underside of seat rail




John Brown (1736–1803), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Sarah "Sally" Brown Herreshoff (1773–1846), Providence; by descent to her son, Charles Frederick Herreshoff III (1809–1888), and his wife, Julia Ann Herreshoff (née Lewis, 1811–1901) Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Nathanael Green Herreshoff (1848–1938) and his wife, Clara DeWolf Herreshoff (1853–1905), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Algernon Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff (1886–1977) and his wife, Rebecca Chase Herreshoff (1894–1991), Bristol, Rhode Islandl; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, ca. 1963; sold to Israel Sack Inc., New York, ca. 1963; sold to Lansdell K. Christie (1903–1965), Syosset, New York; by descent to Mrs. Lansdell Christie (née Helen Louise Grauwiller, 1906–1992), Syosset, New York; consigned to Sotheby, Parke Bernet Inc., New York, October 21, 1972, lot 49; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to private collection

Associated names

John Brown
Sarah "Sally" Brown Herreshoff
Charles Frederick Herreshoff III
Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III
Clara Anna DeWolf Herreshoff
A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff
Mrs. A. Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff
Harry Arons
Israel Sack, Inc.
Lansdell K. Christie
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Israel Sack, Inc.
E. Martin Wunsch


Virtually identical to its mate (RIF1072) this chair?s front and proper left legs are notable for the prominent use of lighter colored sap wood at their knees. The ankles of the central and proper right legs and the inside of the proper right front rail are also lighter in color. Examined by P. E. Kane, December 11, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Related objects

See also


Glenn Adamson, "Collector Profile: Make Americana Great Again, The Wunsch Family Has a Plan," Antiques 183, no. 6 (November / December 2016): 43, ill.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 2, pp. 71–72, fig. 521.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 2, no. 2074, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 3, p. 733; vol. 4, pp. 966–67, no. P937, ill.; vol. 10, pp. 82–87, fig. 5, pl. 6.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963), 3, no. 1, ill.
"Sotheby Parke Bernet advertisement," Antiques 102, no. 4 (October 1972): 517, ill.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, The Lansdell K. Christie Collection of Notable American Furniture, sale cat. (October 21, 1972), 71–73, lot 49, ill.
Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650–1830, Fifty Years of Discovery since the 1929 Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 161, fig. 182.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 237, fig. 5.25.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 67, Masterpiece, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., Loan Exhibition advertisement," Antiques 149, no. 1 (January 1996): inside cover, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 56–57, fig. 1, 71–72, fig. 3.
Amy Coes, "A Bill of Sale from John Goddard to John Brown and the Furniture It Documents," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): 128–29, 131, fig. 2–2a.
Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider, and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 22, 2014), 68, fig. 3–3a.
Morrison H. Heckscher and Peter M. Kenny, "Sculptural Pairs at the Met: Four Masterpieces of Eighteenth-Century American Furniture from the Wunsch Collection in a New Installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," The Magazine Antiques 181, no. 3 (May–June 2014): 139, 141, 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), 39, 82, 133n7, 298, 308, 334–38, 342, 344n2, no. 68.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 86, fig. 1.