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Settee

1970.438 (RS32534)

Description

Gothic Revival settee with three part cresting, circular tracery in pointed arch, terminating in double acanthus bud. Four rectangular stiles with acanthus capitals. Back upholstered in three rectangular sections. Open upholstered arms with cawed hand supports. Seat rail with applied carved oak branch. Turned columnar legs with casters.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Henry Bowen hired Thomas Brooks of Brooklyn to build the furniture for Roseland Cottage, his new house in Woodstock, Connecticut. This settee and side chair are among the Gothic furnishings that Bowen ordered, which included a second settee, a window seat, a footstool, a center table, a number of chairs, a hall stand, and a cottage bedroom suite. The Gothic style, with its use of pointed arches, trefoils and quatrefoils, and emphasis on verticality, derived from church architecture and suited the romantic tendencies of the day.
Maker
Attributed to Brooks, Thomas, 1811-1887 (Furniture worker)
Date
1850
Location of origin
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Associated Building
Original to Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, Conn.).
Material
carving (processes)
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Brooklyn (New York City, New York state) [borough]
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
carving (processes)
Gothic Revival
multiple-seating furniture
Settee
settees
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Dimensions
61 x 82 x 27 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1970.438
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Carson Holt
GUSN
64533
Reference Notes
Fall 1996, p. 47-57
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