Sofa

Maker: Attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811)

Date: ca. 1800

Geography: Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, white pine, birch

Dimensions: 38 1/2 x 76 x 25 1/2 in. (97.8 x 193 x 64.8 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Charles K. Davis, 1946

Accession Number: 46.171.1a, b

Description

The shape of this sofa derives from plate 35 in Thomas Sheraton’s "Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book" (1793). The carving on the crest rail is attributed to McIntire on the basis of its similarity to that on documented examples. McIntire most likely found the design in "The Cabinet-Makers’ London Book of Prices" (1793).

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