American Classical Fancy-Painted Grecian Sofa, early 19th c., New York, outscrolled arms centered by tablet splats, old rush seat, saber legs on spherule feet; the whole with a striated aquamarine ground, Classical motifs executed in yellow, red and black with gilt highlights, the legs in "fish scale" paint-decoration, curly maple secondary wood, h. 34 in., w. 73 1/2 in., d. 23 in. Provenance: Ann Koerner Antiques, New Orleans. Ill.: One King's Lane, "Tour Author Julia Reed's Party-Ready New Orleans Home". Note: A painted and rush seat sofa conserved by the Brooklyn Museum and attributed to New York makers P. and B.R. Thomas or John Cowperthwaite nearly identical to that seen here was included in Berry B. Tracy's seminal Classical America 1815-1845 exhibition. A pair of painted sofas, also closely related to this lot, are part of the furnishings commissioned for William Crogan's "Picnic House" in Pittsburgh and now in the Carnegie Museum.
Ref.: Tracy Classical America 1815-1845, fig. 26; Cooper. Classical Taste in America, p. 140, pl 100.