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Easy chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 49 in. (124.46 cm) Width: 31 in. (78.74 cm)



Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County


Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Sidney Breese (1709–1767), New York; by descent to Mrs. Helen Breese Walcott Younger, before 1958; given to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, circa 1958

Associated names

Descendants of the Breese family
Sidney Breese
Samuel Sidney Breese
Elizabeth Anderson
Helen Breese Sanford
Helen Breese Walcott Younger


The frame is entirely obscured by upholstery fabric. The square back legs rake rearward and taper slightly just below the seat rails; they are joined by a turned stretcher doweled into them. The rear and the medial stretchers include turned ?double rings? at the widest portion of their slightly conical termini. The blocked and turned side stretchers are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the front and back legs. The tenons set into the arches of the front legs are tall; their pins are visible on the outside faces of the front legs only. The front cabriole legs have shell- and volute-carved knees and brackets attached with glue and nails. The claws which grasp the ball feet are distinctly webbed. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, November 18, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Alice Winchester, "Antiques," Antiques 74, no. 2 (August 1958): 128, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), 140, fig. 249.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 159, fig. 199.
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), 269, 271n2, no. 49, fig. 1–2.