Grecian couch (one of a pair)

about 1818–30

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


88.58 x 60.32 x 178.43 cm (34 7/8 x 23 3/4 x 70 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood with rosewood graining, birch (secondary), brass, silk upholstery; original underupholstery

On View

Kristin and Roger Servison Gallery (Gallery 133)




Seating and beds


About 1818/1830, Nathan Appleton (b. 1779 – d. 1861), Boston, who used the pair of couches (1977.726–727) in his home at 39 Beacon Street; to his son, William Sumner Appleton (b. 1840 – d. 1903), Boston; to his daughter, Dorothy Everard Appleton (Mrs. George Francis) Weld (b. 1878 – d. 1965); to her daughter, Dorothy Weld (Mrs. Daniel Michaux) Coxe (b. 1906 – d. 1986), Philadelphia; 1977, sold by Mrs. Coxe to Robert Trump Antiques, Flourtown, PA; 1977, sold by Robert Trump Antiques to the MFA. (Accession date: November 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, the William N. Banks Foundation, The Seminarians, Dr. and Mrs. J. Wallace McMeel, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Stone