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    Artist Name:

    Unknown Artist


    Grecian Couch


    ca. 1825


    Rosewood, gilt bronze, brass and upholstery


    34 3/4 x 76 x 23 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Forward Arts Foundation through the Decorative Arts Acquisition Trust

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    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 207
    Sumptuous materials and bold, graceful forms characterize the best Empire-style furniture made in the United States during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. This couch is an unusually fine example from this period. Rich ormolu mounts, inlaid brass, bulbous reeded legs, and the curved back were all standard features of the furniture produced by leading American craftsmen working in that style. Recent research has revealed that Boston was a major center of furniture production in the French-inspired Empire style. The restrained elegance of form and ornament shown in this couch is typical of Boston Empire design.

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