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In the early nineteenth century, cabinetmakers and their customers referred to high-back, upholstered armchairs as lolling chairs, intended for "lolling" or reclining in a relaxed posture. Antiquarians later dubbed them "Martha Washington" chairs, perhaps in honor of their regal simplicity and distinctly American form. This chair is a fine example of a design favored in Massachusetts. It has no associations with the Washington family. More


c. 1805



Mahogany (primary)


Overall (H x W x D): 43 7/8 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (111.46 cm x 61.6 cm x 48.9 cm)


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