A Classical Sofa

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Circa 1830
Attributed to Anthony Quervelle

Attributed to Anthony Quervelle, this sofa exhibits many details that associate it with one of Classical Philadelphia’s premier cabinetmakers. On the scrolled crest rail, freehand paint decoration simulates brass inlay stringing in rosewood. The fronts of the arms are fitted with tall carved scrolls topped with stylized Ionic capitals and ending in lions’ paw feet. The shaped seat rail is veneered in beautiful crotch mahogany. Large turned and carved front feet are fashioned with acanthus and lotus leaves and are raised on brass ferrules and casters in gilt-lacquered finishes.

Mahogany, (Secondary woods: pine and poplar)
Height: 32 ½” Width: 85 ½” Depth: 27 ½”

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