This is a phenomenal settee with exuberant carving throughout. This settee appears quite animated with eagle heads at the ends of each arm followed by beautifully developed reeding, all of which is supported by very distinctive carved claw and ball feet. These feet are unusual, because it's not the standard "hairy pawed" foot but a bird's foot, harkening to earlier Chippendale claw and ball forms. It is quite fitting that the eagle heads are complemented with a stylized bird foot and it is this foot which interestingly relates to a similar foot on a sofa on the second floor of the John Brown House in Providence, made by the Rawson family of cabinetmakers. Also, the chestnut is a secondary wood commonly used in Rhode Island furniture.
If all else weren't enough, this settee has a fully carved crest rail with three carved panels typical of New York Phyfe style sofas. This sofa, which is somewhat later than the Classical Phyfe sofas that were produced circa 1810-20, is a vernacular derivative of New York Classical furniture. However, it goes further with the creative eagle with feet motif than any of the early New York ones did. It is less restrained and more free-flowing in form.
It is a Pure form, and we have reupholstered it in a fine red fabric, appropriate to the period.
Height: 36 1/4 in. Seat Height: 13 1/4 in. Length: 76 1/2 in.
Depth: 25 in. Seat Depth: 24 in.