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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 586

    A PAIR OF GARDINER FAMILY FEDERAL CHERRYWOOD SIDE CHAIRS

    PROBABLY CONNECTICUT, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF GARDINER FAMILY FEDERAL CHERRYWOOD SIDE CHAIRS
    Probably Connecticut, Late 18th Century
    Appear to retain their original flame-stitch needlework seats, and both appear to retain their original surface. The label on one seat frame reads: This chair-cover was worked by Mary Gardiner of Gardiner's island. She was born in 1740. The inside front rail with paper label hand-inscribed Elizabeth Thompson.
    38½ in. high (2)


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    The Gardiner family history is extremely complex, with intermarriages and multiple members of each generation sharing the same name. As a result, it is difficult to ascertain the exact history of these chairs. They are known to have been at Sagtikos Manor in Islip from the end of the nineteenth century but were eventually inherited by Robert David Lion Gardiner of Gardiner's Island. Recent research suggests that the chairs were brought into the Gardiner family when Sarah Griswold (d. 1863) of Connecticut married John Lyon Gardiner (1770-1816) in 1803. It is probable that the author of the handwritten note affixed to the underside of one of these chairs was Sarah Diodati Gardiner (1863-1953), who was interested in family history.

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    Provenance

    Probable line of descent:
    Sarah Griswold (Mrs. John Lyon Gardiner) (d.1863)
    Sarah Diodati Gardiner (Mrs. David Thompson) (1807-1891), daughter
    David Gardiner Thompson (b.1830), son
    Frederick Diodati Thompson (b.1837), brother
    Sarah Diodati Gardiner (1863-1953), neice
    Robert David Lion Gardiner (1911-2004), nephew
    Sold Christie's New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, January 20-21, 2005, lot 264


    Literature

    Dean F. Failey, Long Island is My Nation: The Decorative Arts and Craftsmen, 1640-1830 (Cold Spring Harbor, 1998), p. 163, no. 189.


    Exhibited

    Setauket, New York, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, Long Island is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen 1640-1830, cat. no. 189.