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Anthony Quervelle (Attributed)

Rosewood Inlaid Carved Mahogany Sofa

Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 19th Century
Materials Carved Mahogany
W. 80 in; H. 33 in; D. 24 in;
W. 203.2 cm; H. 83.82 cm; D. 60.96 cm;
Seat H. 16 in;
Seat H. 40.64 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date c. 1830
Attributed to Anthony G. Quervelle (1789-1856)
Philadelphia, c. 1830

The scrolled crest with gilt stringing and inlaid rosewood above an upholstered back, and seat flanked by Ionic-shaped arms terminating in an Ionic capital with Lotus leaves carved in the cymatium, above scrolled supports terminating in a "booted" lion's paw, above plinths connected by the molded, veneered, seat rail, raised on elaborately lotus and acanthus carved, conical legs, with brass caster wheels.

H: 33" W: 80" D: 24" Seat height 16"

Condition: Excellent.

There is much furniture attributed to Anthony Quervelle, Philadelphia's most famous cabinetmaker of the Classical period, but few labeled or documented examples. Among the many pier tables attributed to him, only three are labeled and can, therefore, be ascribed to him without question. Two of these tables, one in the White House and the other at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, have scrolled supports with "booted" lion's-paw feet very closely related to the those on the present sofa. It is on this basis that this sofa is attributed to Quervelle. The "booted" paw foot is derived from designs for "Side Board Legs" published by George Smith in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (London, 1828), pl XVII, which, in turn, is rooted in classical antiquity.

This is one of only two examples of this design with which we are familiar.
Styles / Movements Classical, Neoclassical, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number S-C-GEB-183101
Incollect Reference Number 265568
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