Easy Chair, Mahogany, walnut, tulip poplar, yellow pine, American

Easy Chair

Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, walnut, tulip poplar, yellow pine
Dimensions:
46 x 37 x 28 1/4 in. (116.8 x 94 x 71.8 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. C. F. Dickson, 1963
Accession Number:
63.114
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
In the eighteenth century, easy chairs (often called “wing chairs” today) were usually found in bedrooms for the use of the aged or infirm. Thick padding and soft down cushions provided comfort, and the wings gave protection from drafts. This example, with its curved front seat rail and flared arms terminating in C-scrolls, exhibits the classic Philadelphia form.
Benjamin Bullock, Philadelphia, by 1800; his son, Anthony Davis Bullock, Cincinnati; his son, James W. Bullock; his daughter, Mrs. C. F. (Margaret) Dickson, Cincinnati, Ohio, until 1963