With its high, boldly scalloped back, C-scroll arms, and three cabriole front legs, this settee is an elegant variation of an English type fashionable around 1710. It is the earliest known settee made in America and the only known Philadelphia example in the Queen Anne style. It descended in the family of James Logan (1674–1751), secretary to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania.
Inscription: inscribed in chalk on the back of the crest rail: [a large circular mark]
descended in the Smith family, Pennsylvania, until 1924; Louis Guerineau Myers, New York, 1924–1925
Artist: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (American (born England), Fulneck, Yorkshire 1764–1820 New Orleans, Louisiana)Date: ca. 1808Medium: Yellow poplar, oak, maple, white pine, gold leaf, and gessoAccession: 1994.189On view in:Gallery 731