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1971.345 (RS32648)

Description

Caned lounge.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Caned seating furniture first appeared in London in the 1660s, and by the 1680s caned chairs had become the most popular type on the market. In the seven-year period between 1697 and 1704, more than 14,600 caned chairs were exported to the American colonies, many to New England.<br/> It is unclear who was the first owner of this couch. By the eighteenth century it belonged to the Reverend Thomas Smith, minister in Falmouth, Maine, from 1726 until his death nearly seventy years later, in May of 1795. According to family tradition, the old man died peacefully on this very couch, both the couch and its occupant relics of an earlier era.
Maker
unknown
Date
1680-1690
Material
beech (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]
Descriptive terms
beech (wood)
couches (reclining furniture)
Lounge
multiple-seating furniture
Accession Number
1971.345
Credit Line
Bequest of Helen Webb Wicker
GUSN
190864

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