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Easy chair


Object number

RIF1477

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 120.65 cm (47 1/2 in.) Width: 88.27 cm (34 3/4 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany; maple

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1957; sold to Mrs. Richard C. Ernst (née Susan Bloomingdale, 1917–1981), New York, by 1963. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1976

Associated names

Mrs. Richard C. Ernst
Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

Retains foundation upholstery

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 8, no. 24, ill.; vol. 5, p. 1274, P4254, ill.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1963), 20, no. 40.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 53, fig. 1.42.