Lot 1090

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Boston Classical carved mahogany sofa, attributed to William Hancock circa 1820, cylindrical crestrail ending with foliate carved finials resting upon an upholstered back having armrests with carved vasiform supports on plinths decorated with fluted roundels, the upholstered seat resting upon flame mahogany veneer paneled seatrail, raised on tapering Ionic legs and carved ball feet with casters; upholstered with Scalamandre Moire and Scalamandre wide silk tape above seatrail.
BH34 1/2" SH18" W81" D27"

Provenance: Property of a Southern gentleman's private collection, Charleston, South Carolina.

Literature: Sofa design based on a plate from Ackermann's Repository of the Arts, London.

A similar example of this sofa exists in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It is pictured in Bates, Elizabeth Bidwell and Jonathan L. Fairbanks. AMERICAN FURNITURE 1620 TO THE PRESENT. New York: Richard Marek, 1981, p.277.

It is also featured in an article by Ramirez, Jan Seidler. "The Re-dressing of a Boston Empire Sofa." UPHOLSTERY IN AMERICA & EUROPE FROM THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY TO WORLD WAR I. Edward S. Cooke Jr. ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1987, p. 222.

The exact crestrail of this sofa is featured on a sofa in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art attributed to William Hancock. See Davidson, Marshall B. and Elizabeth Stillinger. THE AMERICAN WING. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. fig. 247, p.160.

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