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Object Name SOFA
Catalog Number 0985.08.00003
Description The rosewood medallion back sofa has fluted rails, heavy foliate (rose back) carving on the crests, and an upholstered seat and back. The feet rest on casters. The secondary wood is ash. The sofa matches a set consisting of two side chairs (0985.8.4-.4a) and a center table (0985.8.5).
Material wood - Rosewood, rosewood veneer, ash; fabric
Dimensions H-40 W-57 D-24 inches
Owned T. T. Brookes
Provenance The sofa was used by the Jefferson Davis family while in residence at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Samuel B. Paul recounts the following incident of the set's history, "It was on this sofa I sat with President Davis in a conference to which I was sent by Generals Johnston and Beauregard some ten days after the Battle of Bull Run, and I recall Mr. Davis leaning with his left arm on the little center table (0985.8.5) while talking with General Preston in an interval of that conference." T. T. Brookes of Petersburg, Virginia bought the sofa at the 1870 Auction. Brookes turned the sofa over to Z. W. Pickerell, who turned it over to his brother-in-law Samuel Paul ten years later. Paul gave the sofa to the donor, Miss Sullivan, in 1908.
People Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Richmond, Virginia
1870 Auction
Subjects auctions
Seating furniture