Sofa (from a rococo revival parlor set)


Object Place: Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 104.1 x 243.8 x 83.8 cm (41 x 96 x 33 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, original upholstery, brass casters

Not On View




Seating and beds

Heade’s interest in nature and botany, which he shared with many artists and designers of the period, is mirrored in the leafy carving of the mahogany frame of this sofa. Although its maker has not been identified, the sofa’s sculptural curves reflect the exuberance of Rococo-Revival decorative arts in the mid-nineteenth century.


By tradition, owned originally by Robert Roberts, a China-trade merchant of Medfield, Massachusetts; remained in the same house and descended to Laura Huntington Smith, 402 Main Street, Medfield; 1982, purchased from Miss Smith by the MFA (Accession date: March 10, 1982).

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund