Object: Easy chair
Maker/Artist: Probably Duncan Phyfe
Description: This bergere-type easy chair has a reeded mahogany cap outlining the barrel-back frame. The half-upholstered mahogany-veneered front rail bows forward. Scrolled handholds project at the arm terminals. The saber-shaped front legs have waterleaf carving, carved fur begins just below midpoint. The legs end in animal paw feet that appear to be carved from the solid. The chair frame is made of thick mahogany rails. The sweep rear legs continue above the rails to form the rear stiles. Upholstered in replacement black horsehair (formerly T 77.27).
Place of Origin: New York
Materials: Mahogany, pine (unidentified softwood), horsehair upholstery
Dimensions (inches): 32 x 24 x 24″
Provenance: According to notes of Berry Tracy, this chair is said to have been made for John Brevoort in 1817. Purchase, Mrs. John Kane of Tuxedo, NY. Purchased from Israel Sack, 11/23/1976.
Condition: Some fading of wood frame and upholstery.
Similar Objects: A similar chair, probably a mate, was auctioned at Christie’s New York on January 16, 1998, lot 283. That chair retains an old and possibly original finish and appears to have a similar upholstery history to Boscobel’s chair.
Notes: Upholstered by Sack Conservation Company in black horsehair acquired from Scalamandre per Sack invoice of May 31, 1977 (see T 77.27)
Credit Line: Purchase, 1976