Settee

about 1848
Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (American, 1803–1892)


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

Overall: 118.1 x 157.5 x 76.2cm (46 1/2 x 62 x 30in.)

Accession Number

1979.294

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, rosewood veneer, walnut, ash; modern upholstery

On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

This settee’s sturdy, architectural form and ornament reflects Davis’s bold, Gothic-Revival aesthetic. The settee came from Belmead, a Gothic-Tudor mansion in Powhatan County, Virginia. Built in 1845 for Philip St. George Cocke, Belmead was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, who often included furniture to create a unified style in his buildings. In New York, Cocke and Davis discussed furniture designs at the shop of Burns & Trainque, where many of Davis’s designs were executed.

Provenance

The settee was part of a set designed for Belmead, the Gothic revival home designed by Alexander Jackson Davis for Phillip St. George Cocke of Powhatan County, Virginia in 1845. The furniture was later purchased by a Charlottesville, Virginia collector at auction, who sold it to a Wasington, D.C. collector, who in turn sold it to a collector, who sold the settee to the Museum through E. J. Canton Antiques of Baltimore, Maryland in 1979.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund No.1