Monday, August 20, 2012

A Fashionable Sofa for 1812

Monday, August 20, 2012
Loretta reports:

To many readers, this piece of furniture may seem to say “Regency” quite clearly.  It may call to mind Madame Récamier of the barefoot poses (her feet were greatly admired).  What I liked, in addition to the classic lines of this sofa, was the fact that an Agricultural Report immediately preceded it, a piece of which I’ve clipped for your edification.

The annexed plate represents a beautiful French scroll sofa, adapted for the drawing-room, which may be made of rose-wood, with gold ornaments, and covered with rich chintz or silk tabouret, corresponding with the other parts of the furniture.  It would also form a handsome sofa for the library, covered with Morocco leather, and the frame of mahogany richly ornamented with brass.  The accompanying French table forms an elegant lady’s work-table,
with silk bag, &c. en suite for the drawing room.
Ackermann’s Repository, 1812


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