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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker Unknown


37 21 17 1/2 in. (93.98 53.34 44.45 cm) Seat height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); maple (secondary)




Brass plate on chairs state it was owned by Henry Bull, Governor of Rhode Island in 1685 and 1690


Probably Henry Bull (1687–1771), Newport, Rhode Island. Vernon family, Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Henry V. Weil, New York, 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent D. Andrus, Greenwich, Connecticut; Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2004. Jill and Mickey Baten, New York; consigned to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 15, 2015, lot 507

Associated names

Henry Bull
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Vincent D. Andrus
Vera Andrus
Northeast Auctions
Henry V. Weil
Vernon family
Jill Baten
Mickey Baten

Related objects


Selections from the Collection of Vincent Dyckman Andrus, exh. cat. (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., January 2004), 20, ill.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (January 9, 2004): 19, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 32, no. 6, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., The Jill and Mickey Baten Collection of Important American Furniture, sale cat. (August 15, 2015), 11, lot 507, 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), 256, 271, 271n3, no. 49, fig. 3.
Clayton Pennington, "Baten, Blum, and a Bevy of Birds," Maine Antique Digest (October 2015): 37-A, ill.