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Easy Chair, Caleb Gardner, 1758, New England, Walnut, Maple, Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Eighteenth century easy chairs were heavily padded, with thick down cushions and large wings. They were usually reserved for the elderly and infirm. This easy chair from New England is remarkable for its elaborate upholstery and well maintained condition. The front of the chair has been decorated with Irish stitch needlework, and the back displays a strikingly beautiful landscape scenes, which I think transforms the chair, a humble everyday object, into a stunning piece of art. 

5:04 PM on Friday 23rd August 2013 with 27 notes

tagged: furniture art art history design design history chair chair design new england american design craft woodwork carpentry textiles upholstery needlework Irish stitch fabric interior design interiors 18th century historical interiors

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