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American Decorative Arts

Side Chair


Crest rail and spindles, red oak; seat, yellow poplar; stiles, legs, stretchers, soft maple

38 × 14 × 15 5/8 in. (96.5 × 35.6 × 39.7 cm)
seat: 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. Moreau L. Stoddard
Possibly made in Connecticut, The Westbrook area
18th century

Henry B. Stoddard, Fairfield, Conn.; Gift of Moreau L. Stoddard, Fairfield, Conn.


Henry B. Stoddard, “Special Windsor Style Found,” American Collector 1 (April 19, 1934): 1, 6, ill.

Zilla Rider Lea, ed., The Ornamented Chair: Its Development in America, 1700–1890 (Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1960), 69, fig. 6.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 138, no. 252.

John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 166, fig. 166.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 204-205, no. 185, ill.

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