Pair of Chippendale side chairs with shaped crest rail flanked by scroll carved ears and centering on quarter round device with cross hatching above a pierced and scroll carved splat. The compass seat is covered in yellow silk and sits on cabriole legs ending in
American, Rhode Island
Overall: 37 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 22 in. (95.3 x 41.9 x 55.9 cm)
Probably John Townsend (1732-1809); descended to his daughter Mary Townsend Brinley (1769-1856); by descent to her nephew & heir Christopher Townsend (died 1881), 1856; by descent to his sister Ellen F. Townsend (1809-1887), 1881. Ellen Townsend then bequethed it to her friend, William P. Sheffield (1857-1919) in 1886. By descent to his son, William P. Sheffield, Jr., 1919. The chair then descened to Sheffield's sister, Mrs. Charles Renn ( nee Elizabeth Sheffield), after 1937 but before 1965; acquired from her by the Newport Restoration Foundation.
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