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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
Not on view
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.
Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, by 1939–1950
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