Sofa, 1840-1860

Summary

Gothic Revival furniture with this level of sophistication is rarely seen. The crest and seat rails consist of rows of quatrefoil, or four-part leaf forms, derived from medieval stained glass windows. This large scale piece was intended to make a fashion statement in a well-appointed Victorian interior.

Gothic Revival furniture with this level of sophistication is rarely seen. The crest and seat rails consist of rows of quatrefoil, or four-part leaf forms, derived from medieval stained glass windows. This large scale piece was intended to make a fashion statement in a well-appointed Victorian interior.

Artifact

Sofa

Date Made

1840-1860

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

80.64.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Walnut (Wood)
Maple (Wood)

Color

Brown
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 33 in

Width: 75 in

Depth: 27 in

Inscriptions

Tag nailed to back: "This seat was made in the late 1790's and was mostly hand-carved by a Mr. Bristol who lived near Albany, New York and was given to a neice as a wedding gift. Was used in the original Van Rennselear family for many years. It came to me in the year 1914 as a gift. I am giving it to my neice Mrs. Esther Baston Bresee.

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