Sofa - Australian Cedar Double-Ended Sofa Circa 1840

posted 7 Nov 2009, 03:07 by Patrick Robinson   [ updated 30 Aug 2010, 00:57 by Patrick Robinson ]
Magnificent double-ended Australian Cedar sofa in excellent original condition.
The elaborate carving to the backboard displays elements of Classical design depicting a central heraldic sheild flanked by stylised wings, acanthus decoration and scroll motifs. This sits above a moulded back rail with an accentuated outward curve to the arms.
The moulded arm supports have Classically decorated rosettes and carved scrolled terminals above a moulded seat rail. The turned legs have their original brass castors.
The sofa has been recovered twice since it was made. The present covering dates from about 1960. There is evidence beneath this of a black 'leatherette", applied in the early 20th century. The original black woven horsehair  is still in evidence beneath this.
The finish is in excellent original undisturbed condition with no great deterioration or damage including marking or bruising.The cedar is a deep rich plum colour. Secondary framing timber appears to be a species of indigenous pine.
This is a great example of an early 19th century Australian peice of furniture in relatively undisturbed and highly collectable condition.
Dimensions: 630mm deep x 2300mm long x 1120mm high.
Price: $9500