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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;...

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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 from Christie's, New York, in 1994.

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Gift of a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond, E.G. Nicholson, 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

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.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Furniture, Seating and Beds