Daybed

Object Number: 
1951.469
Date: 
1700-1750 or 1875-1900
Medium: 
Maple, pine, rush
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 3/4 x 65 x 22 3/4 in. ( 83.2 x 165.1 x 57.8 cm )
Description: 
Maple daybed with adjustable back made of pine; with carved crest rail with interlaced Flemish "C" scrolls and five short molded bannisters between vase-and-ring-turned stiles with acorn finials; rush seat woven with diamond pattern; eight ring-and-ball turned legs with ball feet joined by double-reel-and-ball-turned stretchers at front, back, and lower end; plain, round medial stretchers and plain, round stretcher at upper end.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this daybed was found in eastern Pennsylvania. Benjamin Ginsberg, who appraised the object in 1951, believed that it dated from the early eighteenth century and that its rush seat was original. Specialists who have examined the object more recently suggest that its parts belong to different periods. The back, for example, is probably late nineteenth-century; other parts may have been made earlier.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edgar W. Garbisch
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group