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SM volume 42/10




Perspectival elevation of a sofa with a domed canopy crowned by an urn and festoon finial, and with fringed curtains held back by bows


to a scale

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia wash, pencil, shaded on laid paper with two fold marks (208 x 137)


? Gillows


(part) J W


The angular sofa or couch-bed with its thin back and sides, hard corners and brick-like cushions is contrasted by the opulently domed and curtained canopy. The design has been attributed to Gillows on the grounds of medium and hand. Gillows certainly supplied furniture to Ibbetson, and designed sofas or couch-beds with canopies or hangings. See also the following catalogue entries (42/11-13) for furniture made for the same client.



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