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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., accession no. 1955.14; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Easy chair

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker Unknown


49 29 18 1/2 in. (124.46 73.66 46.99 cm)


ca. 1955

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany, maple, and white pine






John S. Walton, New York; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1955; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone
John S. Walton, Inc.


The crest rail wraps around the top and the inner sides of the stiles; the front and side seat rails overlap the front legs and are penetrated by a dowel extending from the legs; the rear legs are of mahogany and are spliced with the back stiles just above the level of the seat rails. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone, (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 204.


Although once published as an eighteenth-century Rhode Island easy chair, this chair has been determined to be twentieth century.


Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part I," Antiques 91, no. 2 (February 1967): 209.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 204–205, no. 94, ill.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963), 20, no. 39, ill.
Luke Beckerdite and Alan Miller, "Furniture Fakes from the Chipstone Collection," American Furniture (2002): 60–63, fig. 11, 13–14, 16.