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Sofa

Date:
ca. 1820
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, ash, maple, pine
Dimensions:
34 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 27 in. (87.6 x 250.2 x 68.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.58
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 733
This sofa exhibits a highly sophisticated blend of line, detailed carving, and subtle color. The carved vert antique legs in the shape of dolphins are found on other sofas of the period and relate to maritime talismans. Traditionally, in Greek myth, dolphins aided shipwrecked sailors.
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