The graceful tubular arms supported on reeded balusters above leg squares with a rectangular insert of figured birchwood indicate that this remarkable lolling chair was made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A nearly identical example is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 10.125.313)(R.T. Haines Halsey and Elizabeth Tower, Home of Our Ancestors, (New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1934), fig. 164). For an example with similar reeding and carved volutes to the arms see a settee in John S. Walton's advertisement in Magazine Antiques (May 1962), 81:5, p. 454. Another related chair but lacking the reeding on the upper baluster is in the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum (American Furniture with Related Decorative Arts: 1660-1830, ed. Gerald W.R. Ward, (New York: Hudson hills Press, 1991), pp. 219-20, no. 84). For addition information on related Portsmouth chairs see Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast, ed. Brock Jobe, (Boston, MA: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; Hanover, NH: Distributed by University Press of New England, 1993), pp. 367-9.