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Catalog Number FUR.002
Title Governor Arnold Chair
Artist unknown
Date 17th century
Description Wood chair with arms used by Governor Benedict Arnold; there are two letters pasted to the seat and bottom of the chair and a metal plaque from the Redwood Library
Object Name Chair
Material Wood
Dimensions H-121 W-60 D-60 cm
Credit line n.d.
Provenance Governor Benedict Arnold (1615-1678)
Additional Inscriptions and Marks From paper affixed under seat. Preceding matter much like above: ...It was also used by Gov. Samuel Ward King when the charter was superseded by the Constitution. The Chair descende with other property to Mrs. Ann the wife of Doctor David Olyphant who gave it to: || Thomas Hornsby || and by || him given to || Stephen Gould || Whose widow || Hannah Gould || Gave it to || Nathan H. Gould || The chair is of English Oak with a Norway Pine seat.
Inscription Type Inscription
Inscription Technique Engraved
Inscription Location Plaque on Bottom of Chair
Inscriptions and Marks This chair was the favorite seat of || Gov. Benedict Arnold who was President || Under the First Patent of the Colony of Rhode Island || He Used it as his chair of state and was || sitting on it when he received the charter || granted by King Charles 2nd 1663 || It was also used by Gov. Samuel Ward King || Thomas Horsney Gave it to Stephen Gould || who left it to his widow Hannah Gould who || gave it to the Redwood Library || Deposit of || Redwood Library
Collection Furniture
People unknown
Arnold, Benedict, 1615-1678
Notes On loan to Newport Historical Society since 1910 (per minutes of 20 July 1910 & 13 September 1910) until 2015

Appraised for $75,000 by Christie's on May 3, 2016. They place the origin of the chair in either Newport, RI or Marshfield, MA.

On loan to Yale University Art Gallery for Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830 (August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017)