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Easy chair


Object number

RIF1368

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 117.79 cm (46 3/8 in.); Width, front feet: 77.47 cm (30 1/2 in.); Depth, feet: 63.5 cm (25 in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Probably made in Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Walnut (primary); pine (cones); maple (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“FO[or C]W,” branded, twice [once right-side up, once upside down], on inside surface of proper-right seat rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1961; sold to Lansdell K. Christie (1903–1965), Syosset, New York; consigned by his estate to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, October 21, 1972, lot 34; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993), Newport, Rhode Island, 1972; bequeathed to the Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1993

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Lansdell K. Christie
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Doris Duke

Construction

The stiles and the rear legs are continuous pieces, tenoned into the arched crest rail. The upper part of each ?wing? is joined by screws and a large dovetail joint to the crest rail and stiles. The lower part of each ?wing? is a continuous scrolling piece, tenoned into its upper part, set into a rabbet in the arm, to which it is also nailed, and tenoned into the side seat rail. Between the ?wing? and the stile is a later vertical brace, half-lapped and nailed to the top of the wing and set into a groove in the side seat rail, which is tenoned into the stile and front seat rail. The rear seat rail is tenoned into the stiles. The front seat rail is tenoned into the side rails. A wedged dovetail pin atop each front leg joins it to the bowed front seat rail. The side stretchers are tenoned into flattened areas behind the front legs, without wood pins, and into the rear legs, with one wood pin per joint. The turned rear and medial stretchers are doweled into their respective stretchers and legs. Examined by P.E. Kane and J. N. Johnson; February 4th 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 140, no. 386, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 26–27, no. 25, ill.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, The Lansdell K. Christie Collection of Notable American Furniture, sale cat. (October 21, 1972), 44–45, lot 34, ill.