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Easy chair

Date:
1755–90
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Walnut, white oak, white pine, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
44 1/8 x 34 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. (112.1 x 87.6 x 67 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of James De Lancey Verplanck and John Bayard Rodgers Verplanck, 1939
Accession Number:
39.184.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 718
An easy chair was the product of two different craftsmen. The chair maker built the wood armature that determined the chair’s basic outline, while the upholsterer determined its ultimate shape. Although the C-scroll arms are typical of Philadelphia work, this chair was produced in New York City. The secondary woods are common in New York–made furniture, as are the square rear legs and the method of joining the seat rails to the front legs. In addition, the claw-and-ball feet, distinguished by a squashed ball with narrow, downward-sloping talons, are distinctively New York.
Gulian Verplanck, New York, until died 1751; his son, Samuel Verplanck, New York and Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until died 1820; his son, Daniel Crommelin Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until died 1834; his son, James DeLancey Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until died 1881; his son, Samuel Verplanck, New York and Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until died 1911; James DeLancey Verplanck and John Bayard Rodgers Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until 1939
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