Settee

Date: 1760–90

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, maple, cedar, birch, white pine

Dimensions: 36 3/8 x 57 1/2 x 26 in. (92.4 x 146.1 x 66 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1930

Accession Number: 30.120.59

Description

This is one of only two fully upholstered cabriole-leg Massachusetts settees that are known today. It belongs to a small group of Boston furniture characterized by asymmetrically arranged C-scrolls and knee carving in foliage patterns. The flared wings and bow-shaped back are supreme manifestations of New England Rococo design.

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