Settee

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1850

GUSN

GUSN-64533

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

Descriptive Terms

settees
multiple-seating furniture
carving (processes)
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Gothic Revival
Settee

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.

Associated Building

Original to Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, Conn.),

Maker

Attributed to Brooks, Thomas, 1811-1887 (Furniture worker)

Location of Origin

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Dimensions

61 x 82 x 27 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Carson Holt

Accession Number

1970.438

Reference Notes

Fall 1996, p. 47-57

Places

New York state (United States)
Brooklyn (New York City, New York state) [borough]

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