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Help Identifying Era and Style of Couch

Posted by ivanmurphy (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 6, 12 at 17:24

Thank you in advance for your help. We are trying to establish the style and approximate age of this couch. It has been re-upholstered but i did take some staples out to find some markings but didn't want to go too far. It is definately old due to the construction i was able to see.

Is this also something we should hold on to or not much unique value?

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RE: Help Identifying Era and Style of Couch

I would post in the Antiques forum, but the arms make this sofa a form I would identify as Egyptian Revival. There were several eras of Egyptian Revivals corresponding to new discoveries in Egypt and the pyramids.

The tall, very erect back makes me want to put it in the period of the late 19th c.,(1880s) rather than the Egyptian Revival in the 1920s. In any case, to my knowlege while there are a fair number of Egyptian Revival artifacts, the furniture (other than thebes stools and klismos chairs) is pretty rare, as is the architecture. The periods were short.

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