Sofa, about 1825
Curly maple (secondary woods: ash and poplar)
33 1/8 in. high, 71 3/4 in. long, 22 3/8 in. deep
This sofa is part of an original suite which also included a matching pair of footstools (FAPG 20495D.002) and a set of four side chairs (private collector). The set descended in the Thompson family of Wilmington, Delaware, until 2006. It is likely that it was two of the chairs from this group and that were the subject of a photograph submitted to the Decorative Arts Photographic Collection at Winterthur, which is located on the outskirts of Wilmington.
The present sofa is identical to another, also in curly maple, in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, which varies only in the inclusion of a patinated bronze mount at the center of the crestrail and large circular mounts below the bolsters. (The present sofa has never had mounts in those positions). The Los Angeles sofa was also originally accompanied by two side chairs, identical to those that descended with the present sofa, which are also ornamented with patinated bronze mounts on their crest rails, one at the Museum of Art at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, and the other at the Brooklyn Museum, both of which are attributed to Michel Bouvier of Philadelphia, although there is little specific evidence to support this attribution.