Fine and Rare Tiger Maple Gilt and Vert Grecian Sofa

New York, 1815-1820, fine richly grained figured maple throughout, with scrolled back and arms above eagle carved and gilt supports with feathers and leaf decoration, on fine hairy lion's paw feet retaining original vert antique paint, on casters, set with a green tufted loose cushion and two bolsters, 30-1/4 x 79 x 24 in., (15-1/2 in. seat height to top of rail; 18-1/2 in. with upholstered cushion)

Note: Illustrated in Katherine Gross Farnham, “Living with Antiques: The Gordon-Banks House in the Georgia Piedmont,” The Magazine Antiques, 102, no. 3 (September 1972): p. 444. Also illustrated and discussed in McInnis and Leath, “Beautiful Specimens, Elegant Patterns: New York Furniture for the Charleston Market, 1810-1840” in American Furniture (Chipstone, 1996), p. 149. McInnis and Leath record the provenance and also reference “Middleton of South Carolina” in South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine 1, no. 3 (July 1900) p. 248. A closely related Maple Grecian Sofa, with rosewood graining, is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Provenance:Originally from the family of Benjamin Huger Read and Mary Julia (Middleton) of Charleston; The Estate of William N. Banks, Jr., Newnan, Georgia


survives in a very fine state of preservation, frame with only minor shrinkage cracks and wear, warm patinated surface, feet appear to retain original gilding and vert antique paint,  breaks and repairs with one small loss and some infill to one rear foot (losses to claws on same foot), other minor bumps and wear to feet, seat caning pushed through and will require repair,  cracks and small loss where back rest joins rear stile,  green tufted upholstered cushion in good condition

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
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