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Easy chair

Object number



Maker, possibly by Job Townsend, Sr., 1699–1765



Current location



Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); maple (secondary)


By descent Eddy family, Warren, Rhode Island. Philip Flayderman, Boston, Massachusetts; consigned by his estate to American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 493; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; consigned to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 9, 1932, lot 81. Mr. and Mrs. E. Ross Millhiser, by 1953

Associated names

Philip Flayderman
Eddy Family
Mr. and Mrs. E. Ross Millhiser
Israel Sack
Israel Sack, Inc.
American Art Association
Anderson Galleries

See also


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 248, 256, fig. 6.2a.
"American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 16, no. 6 (December 1929): 451.
Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 43, lot 493, ill.
American Art Association and Anderson Galleries, New York, One Hundred Important American Antiques, sale cat. (January 9, 1932), 112, lot 81.
Albert Sack, "Israel Sack: A Record of Service 1903–1953," Israel Sack, Inc. (1953): 36–37, ill.
Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," American Furniture (1998): 33–34, fig. 53.
"Furniture Items from the Year's Sales," Antiques 17, no. 4 (April 1930): 329, fig. 2.
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), 5n15, 257n2.
Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 63, ill.