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Sofa

Maker:
Attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811)
Date:
1800–1810
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white pine, birch
Dimensions:
40 x 84 x 25 in. (101.6 x 213.4 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.207
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
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.
Mrs. Alice H. Cumming, Sharon, Massachusetts, until 1926
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