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Date Made:1790-1810
Materials:wood: mahogany; base metal
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts
Measurements:Overall: 40 in x 26 1/4 in x 28 in; 101.6 cm x 66.7 cm x 71.1 cm
Accession Number:  HD 69.0310
Credit Line:C. Alice Baker Bequest
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Lolling chair or armchair, which was attributed to Lemuel Churchill (b. 1775; fl. ca. 1803-1830) who worked in Boston around 1805. The chair was given to Miss C. Alice Baker by her cousin, Mrs. Sophie Humphreys (Coleman Inventory #6, and 1963 Inventory - Parlor #12). Chairs of this form were made in France and England during the early to mid eighteenth century. Although their popularity waned in Europe by the 1760s, it continued strongly here as the form developed into one with tall backs and freestanding slim, tapering wooden arms and legs. New England, especially Massachusetts, was the a center of their production. The term "lolling" is suggestive of a genteel posture often pictured in period portraits, or as London's "Gentleman's Magazine" (1778, XLVIII, p. 587) notes: "two armed machine adapted to the indulgent purpose of lolling..." The chair has been reupholstered.

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