A Classical Sofa

Boston, Massachusetts
Circa 1835

Of exceptional form, this sofa is indicative of the high fashion of Boston furniture during the Classical era. The design is a composite of two examples found in Plate 10 of Thomas King’s Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified, 1829. The upholstery treatment was inspired by one of the sofa’s illustrated in the same plate. The shaped crest rail is topped with an anthemion centered by scrolling vines. The arms are wrapped with scrolling elements and anthemia. The seat rail is adorned with rich crotch mahogany veneers, a carved rosette, and molded corner blocks. The feet are nicely turned with rings and foliate detail on brass casters.

Mahogany (secondary woods: pine and chestnut)
Height: 40¾” Width: 85” Depth: 27”

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