Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Easy chair, 1810–15
    Massachusetts
    Mahogany; 45 1/4 x 29 x 25 3/8 in. (114.9 x 73.7 x 64.5 cm)
    The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931 (31.53.3)

    Although easy chairs were widely produced in the eighteenth century, few examples from the early nineteenth century survive. The design of this chair is based on one that appeared in George Hepplewhite's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (1788). The substitution of turned front legs for the square, tapered legs specified by Hepplewhite implies that the chair was not produced until 1810–15, when rounded legs became more fashionable.

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  • Easy chair, 1810–15
    Massachusetts
    Mahogany; 45 1/4 x 29 x 25 3/8 in. (114.9 x 73.7 x 64.5 cm)
    The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931 (31.53.3)

    Plate 15 of George Hepplewhite's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788

    Hepplewhite made the connection between easy chairs and their aged and ailing occupants clear in his pairing of an easy chair with an adjustable "Gouty Stool."


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