Greene · Newport
Goddard Side Chair
with balloon seat
The Sotheby's sale of January 2005 included a number of pieces made by the John Goddard workshop for Nicholas Brown, including four of these highly detailed balloon-seat chairs. These chairs have the signature Goddard ball and claw feet and flat, rather than turned stretchers. The curved shape of the seat flows smoothly over the front of the legs. The back features carved stiles in a cabriole shape that end in turned disks. The crest has a pierced Newport curved-ray shell over the pierced splat. Such a chair represents the most formal Newport chair as made by the leading craftsmen of the day, with all the design elements flowing together harmoniously.
Jeffrey Greene's example is fully handmade throughout, from the joinery to the highly detailed carving. It is shown upholstered in fabric, but may also be made with a leather slip seat.
similar example: Sotheby's 8055, January 2005