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Sheraton Style Sofa

Wood, upholstery

34 in. x 78 in. x 24 in. (86.36 cm x 198.12 cm x 60.96 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.353
Other Number(s): W.122 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Couch
Collection: Deanery Collection
Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, 1st Floor

Eight-legged wooden sofa with upholstery. The back legs are square, flaring slightly out, and the front legs are fluted with brass claw foot. The back of the sofa has a small raised section in the center decorated with vertical lines in relief. The sides of the sofa begin at the height of the back before curving down over an upholstered section to a wooden support. The support is in the shape of a fluted column resting on a section of vertical leaves and below a carved flower.

Sheraton style refers to furniture created in the 19th century that emulates the work of the 18th century English cabinetmaker, Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806). The 19th century saw the revival and coexistence of many styles. The recreation of Sheraton’s designs was made possible through Sheraton’s two handbooks The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book (1791-1794) and
The Cabinet Dictionary (1802). Sheraton’s original designs are a well-documented example of 18th century recreation of classical forms and decoration, now known as European Neoclassicism, whose inspiration drew from the contemporary rediscovery of the classical world through archaeology. The adoption of European Neoclassicism in America is also often referred to as the Federal Style.

Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, 1st Floor

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