Mahogany Settee

3 ft. 7 ins. wide x 3 ft. o ins. high from floor to top of back x 1 ft. S| ins. deep outside. Date about 1780.

  1. 185 is a small settee of characteristic Hepplewhite form, and although the covering is modern, the illustration shows the decorative possibilities of horsehair cloth very well. The quiet, dignified lines of this settee, with tapered legs finishing in brass socket castors, the gentle sweep of the arms, moulded on the fronts and finishing in small panels above the legs, are instances of the refinement which pervaded the simple mahogany furniture of this period. The two writing-chairs, Figs. 186 and 187, accord with this settee very well. The sweep of the back and the open arm of Fig. 186 were probably a concession to the extravagantly hooped dresses of the ladies of this period. Fig. 187 has two of the original castors, with bowls of hard leather, which were illustrated and described in the sccond volume of this book. This chair is covered with paste-grain morocco, now faded, but originally of an apple-green shade, which is probably nearly contemporary with the chair.
  2. 188 is another of the long settees of this date, which illustrates the modification to which such designs as Figs. i8t and 182 would be subjected in the process of making by a practical chair-maker.

The period of the Hepplewhite furniture, which may' be said to extend from about 17S0 to 1792, was an age of comfortable upholster}*. Chippendale before, and Sheraton at a later date, bestowed very scanty attention on the settee as an article of furniture.

Fig. 188. MAHOGANY SETTEE.

6 ft. 6 ins. long x 3 ft. high from floor to top of back x I ft. 9$ ins. deep from lront to back. Date about 1785-90.

Fig. 188. MAHOGANY SETTEE.

6 ft. 6 ins. long x 3 ft. high from floor to top of back x I ft. 9$ ins. deep from lront to back. Date about 1785-90.

Fig. 189. MAHOGANY SETTEE.

6 ft. 2 ins. wide x 2 fl. II ins. ^Hi floor to top of back. I ft. 11J ins. deep outside. Date about 1775-80.

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