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Newport Queen Anne Side Chair
mahogany, 41"h  

A Newport Queen Anne chair as made by the John Proud and sons, Newport's prolific but little-known family of chair makers. They carried on their trade until the father's death and the upheaval brought by the revolution. It is likely that because of the Prouds' output, there were relatively few similar chairs made by the Goddards and Townsends. The Goddards also appear to have sold chairs by the Prouds, since one Goddard bill of sale lists 6 black birch chairs. Several Proud originals have been found that are made of birch and were painted black.

The Newport Queen Anne side chair is beautifully proportioned with a narrow splat, delicate turnings, and slender seat rails. The back stiles and splat have sweeping curves, and the slim cabriole legs in in crisp pad feet. The slip seat is shown upholstered in fabric, but may also be finished in leather. This chair is in mahogany, but it can also be made in maple or walnut, as were the originals. 

similar example: Greene p. 244