Easy Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1759

GUSN

GUSN-49473

Description

Easy chair. Black walnut with maple and white pine secondary wood. Swelled medial and rear stretchers with central turned contour. Two front cabriole legs with cyma-curved moldings on knee blocks terminatie in pad feet. Rectangular raked back legs terminate in block turnings.

Details

Descriptive Terms

easy chairs
chairs (furniture forms)
black walnut (wood)
maple (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
upholstering
Walnut
Pine
Maple
Upholstered
Chippendale
Chair, Easy

Label

Highlights of the furniture collection: This is the only known documented Boston-made cabriole-leg easy chair. Upholsterer Samuel Grant completed the chair in August, 1759. His account books from that period document that he purchased his chair frames from Clement Vincent and George Bright. Jonathan Sayward purchased the chair for his home in York, Maine, where it remains today.

Associated Building

Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.),

Related Items

Title Easychair slipcover back and arm Accession Number 1977.541A
Title Easychair cushion slipcover Accession Number 1977.541B
Title Easychair flounce Accession Number 1977.541C

Maker

Grant, Samuel (Upholsterer)
Possibly Vincent, Clement (Furniture maker)
Possibly Bright, George, 1726-1805 (Furniture maker)

Location of Origin

Massachusetts, USA

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

47 x 33 x 24 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler

Accession Number

1977.253

Reference Notes

Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)