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Sofa

about 1810


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

Other: 92.1 x 205.7 x 66 cm (36 1/4 x 81 x 26 in.)

Accession Number

1986.486

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, maple (?), pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

Sheraton-style sofa with triple panel crest rail drapery swags and tassled ribbon knot in center, clusters of thunderbolts tied with ribbons on either side. Reeded front rail, curved and reeded arms resting on turned and carved posts. Four front legs with brass casters.

Inscription

In graphite on proper right interior back post: "1810"
In a waxy crayon on same post is a siganture reading "L.A.[-----?]"
On rear of top rail in chalk: "L A Keenan [?] May 31st 1810"
On proper left rear interior post in chalk is a symbol of a triangle enclosed within a circle.
Painted in red on rear of proper right rear leg: "L3182" possibly a Museum of the City of New York loan number

Provenance

Originally owned by Rufus King, New York, Minister to Great Britain and signatory to the Declaration of Independence; by descent to James G. King; to John A. King; to Mrs. J. Edward Davis; to Edward King Davis; to Gerald Davis, who lent it to the Museum of the City of New York from May 1942 to October 1946; sold by Gerald Davis to Israel Sack (dealer); sold by Sack to Mrs. Sidney R. (Esther) Rabb, Boston, in 1946; gift of Esther V. Rabb, Mashpee, Massachusetts, in 1986 (Accession Date: September 17, 1986).

Credit Line

Gift of Esther V. Rabb