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Creator Name: Gardner, Caleb
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: d. 1761
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Caleb Gardner
Title: Easy chair
Title Type: Object name
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: 1758
Creation End Date: 1758
Creation Date: 1758
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Walnut, maple
Dimensions: 46 3/8 x 32 3/8 x 25 7/8 in. (117.8 x 82.2 x 65.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 50.228.3
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950
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 by 'Gardner Junr,' presumably the upholsterer, and dated 'Newport, May 1758.'
AMICA ID: MMA_.50.228.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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