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 settee and its mate are the only known fully upholstered Massachusetts settees with carved cabriole legs. They are part of a small group of pieces of Boston Rococo furniture with asymmetrical C-scroll and foliate knee carving. The carved motif was apparently adapted directly from a set of English chairs that were owned by one William Phillips in Boston in the eighteenth century.

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