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Photo: Courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Bayou Bend Collection, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg
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Easy chair


Object number

RIF317

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

122.555 x 85.725 x 66.675 cm (48 1/4 x 33 3/4 x 26 1/4 in.)

Date

1730–1775

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Made in Rhode Island or Massachusetts
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Medium

Soft maple (primary); soft maple (seat rails and arm supports); eastern white pine (lower outside portion of C-scroll ); elm (arm stiles)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, 1960; given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1960

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Ima Hogg

Construction

The front seat rail is tenoned, with two wood pins, to the side seat rails. The c-scrolled knee brackets are glued and fixed with rosehead nails to the front and side seat rails and glued to the top of the front legs, which end in shod pad feet. Below the seat, the back face of the rear legs curve rearward; the front face is square at the top, then chamfered at the corners, then square again (at its juncture with the side stretcher), then chamfered at the corners. The blocked and turned side stretchers are tenoned into them, with one wood pin, and tenoned, with one wood pin, into the front legs. The legs and stretchers are painted black. Examined by P.E. Kane, August 8, 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 34, no. F58, ill.