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Easy chair


Object number

RIF183

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

120.968 x 72.39 x 55.245cm (47 5/8 x 28 1/2 x 21 3/4in.)

Date

1750–1790

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

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

Medium

Black walnut (front legs, side, and medial stretchers); maple (seat rails); cherry (rear legs, back stiles, and lower back brace); white pine (remainder of the frame)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Earl B. Osborn, Northampton, Massachusetts; given to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1967

Associated names

Earl B. Osborn

Construction

The shredded flax stuffing, linen foundation cloth and webbing has been removed from the chair and preserved. The front seat rail is joined to the side rails with lap joints. The front legs are joined to the rails with tenons that come up through the rails in a quarter round.

Bibliography

Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1974), 76–77, no. 68, ill.