Carved Mahogany Box Sofa: The tubular, stepped crest rail terminating in carved shoulders and continuing to tubular arm rests terminating in elaborately carved and scrolled hand rests, above columnar arm supports with foliate-carved capitals, which continue to turned and foliate-carved feet on brass casters. Having modern yellow upholstery with red and yellow passementrie tape trim in the style of the period with quarter round bolster cushions at the ends.
Carved Mahogany Box Sofa front detail view of elaborately acanthus-carved hand rest and feet and beautifully upholstered bolster cushions.
Carved Mahogany Box Sofa side view detail showing elaborately carved scrolled hand rest continuing to a columnar support above elaborately carved legs.

CLASSICAL CARVED MAHOGANY BOX SOFA

New York, c. 1825-30

The tubular, stepped crest rail terminating in carved shoulders and continuing to tubular arm rests terminating in elaborately carved and scrolled hand rests, above columnar arm supports with foliate-carved capitals, which continue to turned and foliate-carved feet on brass casters. Having modern upholstery in the style of the period.

H: 37½” W: 81″  D: 29″   seat height: 17″

Condition: Excellent: The upholstery shows signs of wear.

The box sofa seems to have originated with designs published by George Smith in Collection of Designs for Household Furniture (London, 1808), pls. 59 and 60, and begins to appear in American sofas in the 1820s, the form reaching its apogee in New York between 1825 and 1840.  This fine example with stepped crest rail is rare and may be unique.  Its reproduction upholstery is an extraordinary example of period style at its best.

S-C-GEB-183102

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