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Easy chair


Object number

RIF913

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

121.92 x 84.455 x 73.66cm (48 x 33 1/4 x 29in.)

Date

1730-1760

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Probably made in Boston, or possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

American black walnut and soft maple (primary); soft maple (front and side seat rails, wing crests); hard maple (rear seat rail); beech (crest rail); sylvestris pine (rail's arm support)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Ginsburg and Levy, New York; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, Texas, 1952; given to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1959

Associated names

Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Ima Hogg

Construction

The medial and rear stretchers are mortised and tenoned. The front legs are dovetailed into the seat rail. The rear legs and stiles are integral. The arms are constructed with a split-yoke design. The pad feet are restored. The frame retains fragments of its original green worsted cover. Source: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff, American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, in association with Princeton University Press, 1998), p. 33

Bibliography

David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 28, no. 52.
David B. Warren, "The Reopening of the Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas," Antiques 144, no. 3 (September 1993): 332, pl. VI, ill.
David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 33, no. F57.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture, 1998 (1998): 16, 18, fig. 28.