Easy chair

Date: 1715–30

Geography: Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Soft maple, oak, black tupelo

Dimensions: 49 1/4 x 33 x 37 in. (125.1 x 83.8 x 94 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950

Accession Number: 50.228.1


This is an example of the earliest known type of American easy chair—a new form to emerge in Boston during the William and Mary period. It features a tall back and double scroll arms on a turned base. Easy chairs were expensive because of the costly textiles required for their upholstery and were therefore prestigious to own. With its padded back, wings, and arms and feather-filled seat cushion, the easy chair introduced a new level of seating comfort.