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Double chair-back settee

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Double-chairback settees, fashioned after English models, are rare in American Rococo furniture, and the few examples known are all linked to Massachusetts. Here, the "owl's-eye" splats; leafy, carved knees; and claw-and-ball feet point to a Boston origin. In addition, Thomas Melville, a Boston...

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Provenance

Thomas Melville m. Priscilla Scollay, 1774; to daughter Mary Melvinne, m. John D'Wolf 1808; to daughter Nancy Melville D'Wolf, m. Samuel Downes 1836; to daughter Gertrude Melville Downes, m. James D. Scudder 1864; to daughter Mary Pamelia Scudder, m. George B. Glidden 1884; to daughter Gertrude Glidden, d. 1964; to niece Geanne Glidden, m. John Higgins; to MFA 1977

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

About 1770–80

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 100.3 x 166.4 x 66 cm (39 1/2 x 65 1/2 x 26 in.)

Accession Number

1977.714

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, pine; new upholstery

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Seating and Beds