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Easy chair


Object number

RIF5625

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

47 3/4 x 33 1/8 x 30 in. (121.29 x 84.14 x 76.2 cm)

Date

1740–1780

Current location


Geography

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

Medium

Maple (primary); pine (arm cones); maple (all other visible secondary wood)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By tradition owned by John Hancock (1737–1793), Boston; by descent in his family; Israel Sack, Boston, 1920s; Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; Hyman Grossman, Boston; Wayne Pratt, Inc., Woodbury, Connecitcut; sold to Rosebrook Collection, 1997; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 23, 2015, lot 152

Associated names

John Hancock
Israel Sack
Henry Francis du Pont
Israel Sack, Inc.
Hyman Grossman
Wayne Pratt, Inc.
Rosebrook Collection
Christie's

Construction

The crest rail has an arched top edge and a flat bottom edge and is tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of the stiles, which are continuous with the rear legs. The upper pieces of the wings are tenoned and wood-pinned to the stiles; their bottom edges are sloped. The wings? lower elements are tenoned and wood-pinned to the forward parts of the upper pieces and are continuous serpentine boards tenoned and wood-pinned to the side seat rails. The arm rests? supports consist of several vertical boards, including a partially conical section, attached to each other and to the side seat rails with a variety of brads, rosehead nails, and wood-pins. The vertical tacking bars inward of the stiles are additions. The lower back rail is nailed and the rear seat rail is tenoned and wood-pinned to the leg-stiles. The rear legs are square and rake slightly rearward. The blocked and turned side stretchers are tenoned and wood-pinned to them and to the front cabriole legs. The tenons set into the front legs are tall; their pins are visible on the outside of the front legs only. The rear and the medial stretchers include turned ?double rings? at the widest portion of their slightly conical termini. The front cabriole legs have rounded knees and angular backsides and end in pad feet with incised heels. Examined by J.N. Johnson and J.S. Gordon, January 15, 2015; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Johanna McBrien, "A Sense of Place," Antiques and Fine Art 9, no. 2 (Winter / Spring 2009): 207, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider Art, and Folk Art, sale cat. (January 23, 2015), 130, lot 152, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 276n2.