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Easy chair

Date:
1715–30
Geography:
Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Soft maple, oak, black tupelo
Dimensions:
49 1/4 x 33 x 37 in. (125.1 x 83.8 x 94 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950
Accession Number:
50.228.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
This is an example of the earliest known type of American easy chair—a new form to emerge in Boston during the William and Mary period. It features a tall back and double scroll arms on a turned base. Easy chairs were expensive because of the costly textiles required for their upholstery and were therefore prestigious to own. With its padded back, wings, and arms and feather-filled seat cushion, the easy chair introduced a new level of seating comfort.
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