- Attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811)
- Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
- Mahogany, white pine, birch
- 40 x 84 x 25 in. (101.6 x 213.4 x 63.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Fletcher Fund, 1926
- Accession Number:
A carved eagle, symbol of the new republic, holding a festoon of drapery in its beak ornaments the top rail. The sofa's overall square form, turned arm supports, and crest-rail shape derive from plate 35 of Thomas Sheraton's "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book" (1793). Along with George Hepplewhite's equally popular pattern book "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide" (1788), Sheraton's volume was a principal vehicle in disseminating the English Neoclassical style to American cabinetmakers and their patrons.