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Rare Tufted Velvet Sofa by Anthony Hail


"The fabric was molded into shapes, pleated, pulled and stitched so that you didn't notice that it was furniture, you just noticed the rightness of the material. He was the genius I looked up to." (Craig Leavitt, describing Anthony Hail's designs.) Anthony Hail studied design and decoration in England while working as a Conde Nast correspondent for Maison et Jardin, British Vogue and British House & Garden magazines. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the leadership of Walter Gropius, then went on to become assistant to Edward Wormley, chief designer for the Dunbar Furniture Company. He was known to his friends as having an encyclopedic knowledge of Russian, Scandinavian and French antiques. From the 1950s until his death in 1981, he was designer to some of the wealthiest families of the Bay Area, including that of the de Guignés, who hired him to redecorate Guignécourt in Hillsborough. This gorgeous tufted sofa was probably custom made for them at that time. Illustrated in Interior Design and Decoration '66, edited by Jacqueline Inchbald (photo reproduced here, showing the sofa in Guignécourt.) The wonderful sage green silk velvet is in fragile condition and will need to be replaced. We are happy to assist in reupholstery.


  • Creator
    Anthony Hail (Designer)
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    Early 1960s
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. No structural damage, but silk velvet will need to be replaced in the not too distant future..
  • Dimensions

    H 26 in. x W 84 in. x D 37 in.

    H 66.04 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 93.98 cm

  • Seat height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
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