National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Sofa Sofa
Rendered by Ferdinand Cartier (artist), 1942
watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 34.1 x 53 cm (13 7/16 x 20 7/8 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 23 of 26

As an alternative to inlaid ornament, Sheraton designs customarily rely upon carved decoration. This well-proportioned mahogany sofa displays expertly carved, reeded arms that slope gracefully to join slender reeded and turned front posts. The front legs, too, are finely reeded, and a long triple panel crest rail is adorned with elegantly carved swags, bow-knots, and tassels. The sofa was made between 1810 and 1815 by Duncan Phyfe, a well-known New York cabinetmaker; it represents an early stage in his career, when he was producing furniture in the Sheraton style.

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