September 11, 2021 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Fine Rare Southern Inlaid Mahogany Sofa

probably Baltimore or Annapolis, Maryland, 1790-1810, carved and figured mahogany frame set with rosette inlaid tablet back, shaped arms and turned arm supports, rosette, leaf, and line inlaid tapered legs on casters, checkerboard inlaid D shaped skirt, pale green silk damask upholstery with loose down cushion, ash and oak seat frame, 39-1/2 x 79-1/4 x 25 in.

Note: The Thomas Schwenke receipt accompanying the sofa indicates that "I believe this to be one of the finest inlaid Hepplewhite sofas ever to be offered for public sale. The only comparable sofa is the superb Maryland sofa from the C. K. Davis collection, illustrated in American Antiques from the Israel Sack Collection, vol. V, pg. 1334.

Provenance:Thomas Schwenke Antiques, New York, purchased 1984 for $45,000 (accompanied by copy of receipt); Joan B. and James L. Loeb Estates


visible frame in good condition overall, minor bumps and small repair at top edge of crest, some cracks and distress at joint of arms to arm supports, one arm with minor break and two plugged screw repairs, small patch at one upper arm, one rear leg with later pin and blocking, other possible restorations, some repairs to inlaid banding, later bracing for central legs, later casters, some typical edge wear at legs and feet with two very small patches, fine silk upholstery in generally good condition with light wear, upper frame not examined under upholstery

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
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