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Easy chair

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The easy chair-a large, upholstered chair with protective wings-was a new form in the Baroque era. Evolving from invalid chairs and aristocratic lounging chairs with hinged backs and footrests, it typically was used in the bedchamber. Given the amount of imported textiles needed to upholster...

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Winnifred Franklin Jones, former owner of the chair, was a direct descendant of Samuel Franklin, cousin to Benjamin Franklin; from Robert L. Parker and Margaret S. Parker to MFA in 1976

Credit Line

Gift of Robert L. Parker and Margaret S. Parker in memory of Winnifred Franklin Jones

About 1700–25

Object Place

Boston, New England, United States


Overall: 125.7 x 73.7 x 81.3 cm (49 1/2 x 29 x 32 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cherry, modern upholstery




Furniture, Seating and Beds