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From: David H. Conradsen, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections (US: St. Louis Art Museum, 1999), 42
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Easy chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


46 1/2 x 34 x 24 1/2 in. (118.11 x 86.36 x 62.23 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); cherry, yellow pine, yellow poplar (secondary)




"Campbell Hall," Orange County, New York, by the 1960s; Robert Oeder, Orange County, New York; consigned by his estate to William J. Jenack Auctions, Chester, New York, June 30, 1996; sold to Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania; sold to George and Lesley Schoedinger, St. Louis, Missouri; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 2008, lot 508


The side and front rails of the seat are joined with tenons. The front legs are joined to the front seat rail with thin rectangular tenons that are inserted into the front rail. The rear legs and stiles are separate pieces of wood spliced together above the rear seat rail. The legs and stiles are both cut at a wedge-shaped angle, with the inside surfaces of the stiles joined to the outside surfaces of the legs. The chair's arm stiles are side-facing and are tenoned into the horizontal boards of the arm supports. The juncture between the horizontal and vertical scrolled elements of the arm is infilled with triangular pieces of leather nailed in place.


Only five Rhode Island easy chairs with claw-and-ball feet and no stretchers have been recorded. For other examples see below.

See also


David H. Conradsen, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections, exh. cat. (Saint Louis: Saint Louis Art Museum, 1999), 42–43, no. 15.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 48–49, lot 508, ill.