Easy chair

Date: 1810–15

Geography: Made in Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany

Dimensions: 45 1/4 x 29 x 25 3/8 in. (114.9 x 73.7 x 64.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931

Accession Number: 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” (London, 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.