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Cane couch

Made in England
40 1/2 x 60 x 21 1/2 in. (102.9 x 152.4 x 54.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 711
Although referred to by the English as a couch, this one-ended caned seat was a form favored in France and sometimes referred to as a "lit de repose," or daybed. It probably served a dual purpose—as an extra bed at night and extra seating during the day. The seat is softened by a “squab,” or generously stuffed mattress. Cane couches often were accompanied by sets of cane chairs, as in the Wentworth Room. In 1717, a New England man named John Welland noted that his principal room held “a Cane Couch[,] Squab & pillow” along with [an] “Elbow & 6 small cane chairs.”
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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