Easy chair

about 1765

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


116.8 x 87.0 x 78.7 cm (46 x 34 1/4 x 31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, birch, maple, white pine, worsted wool, linen girt webbing, marsh grass, horsehair

On View

Amelia Peabody Gallery (Gallery 137)




Seating and beds

Easy chair with serpentine crest rail, shaped and scrolled arms, slightly curved front seat rail, cabriole front legs with acanthus-carved knees with star-punched background and claw-and-ball feet, straight rear legs, and block-and-spindle side stretchers, turned medial and rear stretchers; original blue-green worsted covers with calendered decoration and decorative brass nailing; cushion replaced.

This chair retains most of its original upholstery, including layers of linen webbing, marsh grass, and horsehair beneath the wool “show cover”. The seat cushion and front-rail upholstery are modern, made to harmonize with the existing fabric.


Owned originally by Nathan Low (b. 1742) of Boston; descended to his son, Nathan Low; to his daughter, Abigail Pressey; to her daughter, Emma Pressey Damon; to her daughter, Emma Damon Eaton; to Virginia Eaton; to a direct descendant; to a private collector in the early 1980s; consigned to auction at Sotheby's, New York, October 26, 1985, where it was acquired by Congoleum Corporation, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; title transferred to Mr. and Mrs. Eddy G. Nicholson, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, in 1986; on loan to the Museum beginning in 1985; purchased at Christie's, New York, in 1994 (Accession Date December 14, 1994)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, the John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, funds donated by Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond, E.G. Nicholson, and The Seminarians; and of Miss Thatcher Atwood, Estelle S. Frankfurter, Miss Marie G. Webber, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Herbert Edes, Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes, and Deac Rossell and Mickey Myers, by exchange