The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's London, 6 July 2000, lot 34
The shell-carved knee and eagle-headed terminals to the armrests on the present sofa achieved near universal popularity in the second quarter of the 18th century. A result of the gradual evolution in furniture design these motifs are imbued with neo-paladian symbolism. The eagle head is symbolic of Jupiter, supreme ruler of gods and mortals, whilst the shell is emblematic of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. For a related sofa in walnut, with similar eagle-headed terminals, see that offered Sotheby's New York, 5 April 2006, lot 417.
In overall good restored condition. Frame sound and sturdy although seat rails with evidence of historic worm damage and there are corresponding restorations throughout including re-gluing and tightening of joints. Upholstery in good condition. Generally, with typical old marks, scuffs and scratches notably to one eagle armrest. Good colour and carving.
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