VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799

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VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799
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VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799

Estimate:

5,000 - 10,000 USD

VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799

VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799

Estimate:

5,000 - 10,000 USD

Lot sold:

11,250

USD

Description

VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FRONT CAMEL BACK SOFA, JOHN AND WILLIAM BRIGHT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1796-1799


signed on the crest rail, under the upholstery J & W Bright.

Height 79 ¼ in. by Length 79 in.

Condition report

Appears to be in overall very fine condition with the base retaining an early surface. Some minor dents in the legs. Image of the sofa without its upholstery showing the maker's signature and integrity of the structure is available from the Americana Department.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Provenance

John Walton Antiques, Jewett City, Connecticut;

Mrs. John Creem, Port Washington, New York;

Northeast Auctions, Manchester, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Auction, August 2, 1997, lot 677;

Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut.

Literature

John Walton Antiques Advertisement, Magazine Antiques, November 1965, 88:5, p. 572;

"Northeast's Annual August Auction," Antiques and the Arts Weekly, August 29, 1997, p. 57-C.

Catalogue note

This beautifully proportioned sofa is is quite important for the presence of the signature of its original eighteenth century Boston upholsters, John & William Bright. Upholster John Bright, probably the son of George Bright, was a partner with his brother William at 44 Marlborough Street in Boston between 1796 and 1799 and identified themselves as Upholsterers & Lace Manufacturers (see Myrna Kaye, "Eighteenth-Century Boston Furniture Craftsmen" in Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, ed. Brock Jobe, (Boston, MA: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1974), p. 273). Another signed sofa is in the collection of Winterthur Museum. It is signed by its maker Adam Coe and dated 1812 (see Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans; with Wendy A. Cooper and Michael S. Podmaniczky, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods, (Winterthur, DE: Winterthur Museum, distributed by University Press of New England, 1997), no. 98, pp. 183-5).