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Easy chair

Date:
1730–40
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Black walnut, beech, soft maple, maple
Dimensions:
47 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (120.7 x 83.2 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.117
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 711
The fully upholstered easy chair was introduced to the colonies in the early eighteenth century, with initial models emerging from Boston. As textiles were costly and upholstering required considerable labor, easy chairs were expensive and, accordingly, were found exclusively in wealthy homes. They were usually placed in the best bed chamber rather than the parlor, with upholstery fabric chosen to match the bed hangings.
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