Side Chair, Attributed to John Goddard (1724–1785), Mahogany, maple, American

Side Chair

Maker:
Attributed to John Goddard (1724–1785)
Date:
1760–85
Geography:
Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, maple
Dimensions:
39 5/8 x 19 7/8 x 16 1/4 in. (100.6 x 50.5 x 41.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.134
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
In this rare instance, the characteristic Newport knee carving, usually found on that city’s finest high chests and tables, was employed on a side chair. The spherical ball feet and fleshy bulges above the rear talons are features associated with the cabinetmaker John Goddard (1724–1785).
Sarah Lyon Dyer; her granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Wilbour Marcy, Newport, Rhode Island, until died 1916; Mary Wilbour; Elmer D. Keith, Clintonville, Connecticut, until 1955