Newport, Newport county, Rhode Island, United States ca. 1780–1800
Height: 40 in.
Sack catalogue description: Original catalogue description (September 1989) – Assembled set of eight Hepplewhite mahogany Rhode Island side chairs, the shield backs with molded stiles enclose carved central plumes of acanthus leaves above drapery and swags, the graceful drapery is used to connect the outer corn husk-carved ribs with the central rib, all of which terminate in leaf-carved fans; molded, tapered and stretchered legs support typical out-flaring serpentine front seats, with side rails which tenon through the rear stiles. Updated catalogue description (October 1991) – Set of six Hepplewhite mahogany shield-back side chairs with finely carved drapery and bellflower design in a fine state of preservation; the bold sweep of the serpentine seat, the shape of the shield and the exposed mortise of the rear stile distinguish this form from the more prevalent related New York variety. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 9, p. 2539, pl. P5496; vol. 10, p. 2699, pl. P5496.
Assembled set of eight Hepplewhite mahogany side chairs
Decoration and ornament -- Hepplewhite style Furniture -- United States
side chairs (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, September 1989; Sack, October 1991 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.