Very Fine Four Poster American Empire Bed –Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
The sofas of the Empire period for the most part are deserving of commendation. They are to be met with in various patterns. Of these the most usual are the cornucopia, so called because of the shape of the arms, which are likewise generally carved in front with that cheerful device showering abroad its fruity blessings; the Greek curve-end sofa with rolled-over arms and legs turned outward toward the side with lion feet or curved sidewise in lines similar to the legs of an old Roman curule chair; the sofa with winged claw feet; the sofa with turned feet and carved front supports for the arms, and various other patterns, all more or less similar, that may be recognised in general characteristics already mentioned.
The Phyfe sofas have legs of the curule pattern, often with brass-mounted claw feet. The ends are curved over in Greek manner and the top rails are straight and rolled over. The proportions are much more graceful than those of the other sofas.
There were also many caned settees and couches made, the frames being painted a ground colour and adorned with gilt striping and black lining, the gilding at the ends and at scroll pieces being worked into the anthemion motif.
In America during the Empire period four-posted bedsteads continued to be used and pillars were of bulky dimensions and heavily carved. The bases of the posts were straight and turned , the upper parts were carved with spiral acanthus, plain spirals, or other spiral foliations or floriations or the acanthus motif alone without any spiral treatment was used . Then again, the criss-cross diaperings of the pineapple played an important part in the decorative motif for these impressive bedsteads. Such bedsteads rarely had foot-boards, but had low head-boards.
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