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Grecian Couch

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Grecian Couch

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Unidentified Maker, Boston, Massachusetts

Date

ca. 1825

Medium

Rosewood, gilt bronze, brass, and upholstery

Accession #

1980.1000.6

Dimensions

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

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 308

Description

The restrained elegance of form and ornament of this couch is typical of Boston Empire or neoclassical design influenced by the Greco-Roman world and of similar designs popular in Europe in the prior decades. New York, Boston, and Philadelphia were among those American cities where such designs rapidly became fashionable. Advertisements for “Grecian couches” appeared frequently in Boston newspapers; this couch, one of a pair, is from a large set of furniture originally purchased for the Appleton House at 39 Beacon Street in Boston.

Credit

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