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Settee (Confidante) (part of a set)

Date:
ca. 1770–80
Culture:
British
Medium:
Beechwood, gilt; silk moiré upholstery not original to the frame
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 53-3/4 x W. 130 x D. 38-1/4 in. (136.5 x 330.2 x 97.2 cm) W.: left seat 29-7/8 in. (75.9 cm), center seat 77-1/4 in. (196.2 cm), right seat 29-1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Henry Ford Gift Fund, 1958
Accession Number:
58.78
Not on view
This type of sofa originated in mid-eighteenth-century France. George Hepplewhite illustrated a similar confidante in the 1788 edition of his Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, where he stated in the caption that "an elegant drawing room…is scarce complete with a confidante." Formerly at the Morant family seat at Brokenhurst Park, Hampshire.
Edward Morant , London (from ca. 1773) ; John Morant , Brockenhurst Park, Hampshire (until 1956; sale, Sotheby & Co., London, April 27, 1956, no. 163; to Partridge); [ Frank Partridge , London (in 1956) ]
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