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Rare Neoclassical sofa on display at the Otis House

Hancock sofa

Boston – November 2014 - A rare Neoclassical sofa (1825-30) made by William Hancock was recently added to Historic New England’s collection and is on display in the Otis House parlor.

William Hancock was a successful furniture manufacturer and upholsterer working in Boston from 1819 to 1849. The sofa is one of five nearly identical surviving examples dating from the late 1820s. The others are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in private collections.

The modern upholstery was in poor condition. Historic New England used a reproduction red damask based on a labeled William Hancock cushion of the same period that is also in the collection.

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The Otis House is one of thirty-six historic properties owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

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Rare Neoclassical sofa on display at the Otis House