The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
Although easy chairs were widely produced in the eighteenth century, few examples from the early nineteenth century survive. The design of this chair is based on one that appeared in George Hepplewhite’s “Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide” (London, 1788). The substitution of turned front legs for the square, tapered legs specified by Hepplewhite implies that the chair was not produced until 1810–15, when rounded legs became more fashionable.
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Louis Guerineau Myers, New York, until 1931; [George Coe Craves, Osterville, Massachusetts, 1931]