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Settee

Designer:
Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (British (born The Netherlands), Dronrijp 1836–1912 Wiesbaden)
Manufacturer:
Johnstone Norman & Co., London (active 1880–1900)
Date:
ca. 1885
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Ebony, box and sandalwood, cedar, ivory inlay, incrustations of mother-of-pearl and brass
Dimensions:
35 1/2 x 58 1/4 x 28 in. (90.2 x 148 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Elizabeth Love Godwin, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.219a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509
Part of a set of furniture designed for the music room in the New York residence of Henry G. Marquand on Madison Avenue at Sixty-eighth Street. Marquand was one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum and its president from 1890 until 1902. The upholstery is modern: silkscreened designs were specially commissioned in an attempt to evoke the original richly embroidered panels of the settee's seat and back.
Henry G. Marquand , New York (ca. 1885–1902; sale, American Art Association , New York, January 23, 1903, lot 1364b; two settees sold for $260); Mr. and Mrs. Martin Beck , New York (by 1957) ; Samuel Schwartz , New York (by 1975) ; Elizabeth Love Godwin (until 1975; bequeathed to MMA)
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