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Premier Auction - Session II | November 12, 2022

Sat, Nov 12, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 687

Fine Boston Classical Horsehair Upholstered Recamier

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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attributed to William Hancock, circa 1825, mahogany frame with scrolled back with leaf carved terminus, applied rosettes, lion's paw feet with scrolled returns, feet set on casters, modern black horsehair upholstery with bolster, 32 x 67 x 23 in.


William Hancock's label illustrates a very similar form. See Hirschl & Adler, Boston in the Age of Neoclassicism, catalog no. 33. A labeled sofa by Hancock is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In its design, this Recamier shows fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The Met, Hancock sofa-

Hancock reclining armchair-

Background on Important Private Collection from Boston:
I have been working with this collector for over 25 years, both in the initial acquisition of the objects and overseeing their conservation as needed. With a keen eye for quality and design, and a deep passion for all things classical, he has quietly amassed a top-notch collection of American furniture and decorative arts. The collection encompasses outstanding examples from the leading cabinetmakers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, representing excellence in form and proportions, condition, wood quality, and carving. It also includes rare objects that are among the best of their kind. Now, with the downsizing of one of his properties, the offerings in this catalog are coming to market to find new owners who share a love for this remarkable period in American furniture history.
Clark Pearce,
Advisor and Consultant to Collectors and Institutions

Provenance: Acquired through Clark Pearce as advisor; Property from an Important Boston Collection


frame generally good, scattered light abrasions and wear, tacking scars including on back, scattered surface flaws and repairs, especially at rear rail, feet with some later applied color, break and repair at one rear leg, modern upholstery good overall with some picking and minor wear, later upholstery frame

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