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Easy chair


Object number

RIF1673

Maker

Maker, formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809
Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 47 7/8 in. (121.603 cm) Width: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm) Height to seat rail: 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); cherry (frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Ginsburg and Levy, New York, 1963; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, 1963; by descent to his wife Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 141

Associated names

Joseph K. Ott
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Christie's
Anne Northrop Ott

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 28–29, no. 26.
Joseph K. Ott, "Some Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 107, no. 5 (May 1975): 950, fig. 14.
Morrison H. Heckscher, "Form and Frame: Thoughts on the American Easy Chair," Antiques 100, no. 6 (December 1971): 889, fig. 8.
"Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 84, no. 2 (August 1963): 123.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 160, fig. 201.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 34–35, lot 141, ill.