Sofa, 1 of a pair

Object Number: 
INV.14802
Date: 
1801-1805
Medium: 
Mahogany, beech, ash, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 73 1/2 x 26 in. ( 99.1 x 186.7 x 66 cm )
Gallery Label: 

This Federal-style mahogany sofa upholstered in French Aubusson tapestry was one of a pair probably made for Margaret (1783-1813) and Robert L. Livingston (1775-1843), the daughter and son-in-law of Robert R. Livingston. The couple purchased the tapestry while they resided in France with the Chancellor. The sofas may have been used at Arryl House, a manor Livingston built on the grounds of Clermont in 1793. While visiting the house in 1794, the architect William Strickland commented on the beauty and fineness of its interior: "The principal rooms which are of good dimensions are hung with French papers . . . the whole house is handsomely & commodiously finished and furnished."

Credit Line: 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
Place Made: 
North America, U.S.A., New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group