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Corner or Round-About
Early Corner Chair, Round About Chair In Salmon Paint
Rhode Island, circa 1750
Maple and ash
A wonderful example from an identified group of early 18th-century Rhode Island
turned furniture… in period surface
The chair is related to a group of gate-leg tables featuring legs turned with thin columns
that suddenly bulge into two compressed balls, a design almost identical to the
stretchers of this round-about chair.
Although this chair probably postdates the tables by twenty years, the chair is clearly
the product of a later generation of craftsmen active within the same period and
The chair has survived in remarkable original condition; all original structural and
ornamental components intact, including its fragile splats, feet, and maple splint seat.
(Seat has experienced losses and has been reinforced by the insertion of wooden
slats. An exposed vertical slot on the proper-left post is a mistake made by the
craftsman who made the chair, a mortise for a splat cut in the wrong location. The
curved and stepped crest and outwardly scrolled arm rail have sustained some early
and minor shrinkage; several cracks that likely occurred in the 18th-century were
repaired in the period with wrought-nails. The present surface is undisturbed 19th-
century salmon/red paint over an earlier layer of red.
The group of distinctive Rhode Island turned furniture is examined in American
Furniture, Chipstone 2005, pages, 2-21.
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