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Photo: Courtesy Newport Historical Society, R.I., inv. no. W1988.1.1; photo by Rhode Island Furniture Archive,
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Easy chair


Object number

RIF5719

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height, crest: 43 1/4 in. (109.86 cm) Height, post: 39 3/4 in. (100.97 cm) Width, arms: 34 in. (86.36 cm) Depth, feet: 23 1/4 in. (59.06 cm) Depth, wing: 32 1/2 in. (82.55 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Newport Historical Society

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (seat); yellow poplar (glue blocks)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Provenance

Mrs. Jeremiah Clarke; gift to Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island, 1988

Associated names

Mrs. Jeremiah Clarke

Construction

The chair has an original seat with a hole for a chamber pot. The pot probably rested on the floor beneath the hole and was kept from moving by four blocks glued around the hole on the underside of the seat. The side and rear seat rails are rabbeted on their outer edges to support the wooden seat. The front rail has three small, horizontal blocks (original?). The joints of the seat rails are reinforced with four closed corner blocks. The rear corner blocks are cut out to fit around the stiles. The bottom scrolls of the C-scroll arms continue up from the tops of the front legs.