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Settee

Date:
1740–60
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Walnut, yellow pine
Dimensions:
45 3/4 x 62 x 26 1/4 in. (116.2 x 157.5 x 66.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.115.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
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
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