Side chair


Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 80


97.79 x 38.1 x 48.89 cm (38 1/2 x 15 x 19 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, cherry

On View

Marilyn and John F. Keane Family Gallery (Gallery 127)




Seating and beds

In recent years scholars have reattributed to Boston craftsmen many chairs once believed to have been made in Newport and New York. This example, however, still is attributed to Rhode Island and possibly to the shop of John Goddard. The carving of the feet and shell; the shape of the seat; and the pierced, vase-shaped splat (back) relate closely to those of documented Goddard furniture.


Owned by G. W. Smith, Providence, Rhode Island; purchased for The M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th-Century American Arts.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts