An interesting Provincial settee from the last quarter of the 18th century, the sofa is quite striking with a rich worn surface patina and a smooth honey-hue to the old shellac throughout. The frame is notable for the mixture of the Neoclassical with the Rococo. While clearly influenced by the angularity of the later Neoclassical taste in its tapered legs and delicate lines, the sweeping curvature of the body and robust swelling of the legs certainly suggests a hesitation to fully adopt the new forms. The upper frame is carved with a repeating motif of trumpeting flowers that culminate in a simple sprouted foliage crest while the apron and upper legs have a simple beading along the center of the molded frame. There is a translucency and lightening of the form that comes from using caning throughout the back, this replaced at some point during the 20th century and remaining in very good condition. It is comfortable and supportive.
Measurements: 36 3/8" H x 56 1/2" W x approx. 25" D x 19" H to seat
Condition Report: Restorations throughout. Old inactive pest damage to frame. Upholstery and cambric in poor condition and must be changed. Caning is 20th century and in very good overall condition.
French Louis XVI Carved Fruitwood Antique Settee Sofa, circa late 18th century