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Empire Style Sofa

Wood, upholstery

32 in. x 72 in. x 24 1/2 in. (81.28 cm x 182.88 cm x 62.23 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.325
Other Number(s): W.2 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Couch
Collection: Deanery Collection
Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, 1st Floor

Four-legged wooden sofa with floral upholstery. All four feet are carved in the shape of a leonine foot topped with feathers. The armrests curve slightly outward and end in small scrolls. The center of the back is slightly raised.

Empire Style is a term used to describe elaborate neoclassicizing furniture created in America and Europe in the 19th century. This furniture often emulated Greek and Roman furniture forms, as well as decorative designs, such as egg-and-dart and Greek-key patterns. The style is called
Empire in reference to the designs published by Napoleon’s chief designers, Charles Percier and Pierre F. L. Fontaine, during the First French Empire.

Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, 1st Floor

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