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Easy chair


Object number

RIF846

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 124.46 cm (49 in.); Height, seat: 48.26 cm (19 in.); Width: 85.09 cm (33 1/2 in.); Depth: 60.96 cm (24 in.)

Date

1765–1785

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (crest rail, rear posts, and front seat rail)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Henry A. Hoffman (born 1873), Barrington, Rhode Island and Litchfield, Connecticut; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1953

Associated names

Henry A. Hoffman

Construction

The rear legs are square and rake rearward just below the seat rails. There is no rear stretcher. The side seat rails are tenoned into the rear leg/stiles. The blocked and turned side stretchers are doweled and wood-pinned into the front legs, the pins being revealed on the inside faces of the legs only. The proper right end of the turned medial stretcher is doweled and (later) wood-pinned to the blocked portions of the proper right side stretcher, the pin being revealed on the bottom face of the stretcher. The front legs have rounded knees and square ankles. The upper portions of the rear claws are angular, continuous with the angular rear and side corners of the leg above. The knee brackets are held on with rosehead nails. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson. June, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "The Newport Exhibition," Antiques 64, no. 1 (July 1953): 39, fig. 4.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 54, no. 28, Detail, p. 209, Supplement 28, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 14, no. 4 (October 1955): 122–23, no. 1, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 147, 190–191, fig. 3.108–3.108b.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 102, no. 14, ill.