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Easy Chair

Caleb Gardner (died 1761)
Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Walnut, maple
46 3/8 x 32 3/8 x 25 7/8 in. (117.8 x 82.2 x 65.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950
Accession Number:
Not on view
Eighteenth-century easy chairs—heavily padded, with thick down-filled cushions, and with wings to rest one's head against and keep drafts away—were often reserved for the elderly or the infirm. This New England example is remarkable for its elaborate upholstery and intact condition. The front is covered with Irish stitch needlework and the back with a needlework landscape scene. The seams are covered with silk tape. The frame is inscribed " Made by Caleb Gardner Junr," presumably the upholsterer, and dated "New Port, May 23 1758."
Inscription: [in pencil on back of crest rail] Made by Caleb/ Gardner Junr New Port May 23/ 1758 / W
The Keech or Keach family, Newport, Rhode Island, by 1850–1926; with Ginsburg and Levy Inc., New York, 1926; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1926–1950
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