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Object Name Sofa
Date 1820-1840
Description Empire style sofa. Frame is made of crotch mahogany and mahogany veneer, with black horsehair upholstery (upholstery is a reproduction). Straight crest rail has scrolled ends with carved floral medallions. Curved arms with bolsters. Carved lion paw feet with fruit and nuts, acanthus leaves, and scrolls; casters are missing. Made in New York City. Sofa measures 33.250 inches high x 79 inches wide x 24 inches deep.
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This sofa descended in the Decker family of New Springville, Staten Island. It was made by James Poillon, who was born in Southfield, Staten Island. By 1800 he was living in Manhattan, presumably serving as a journeyman cabinetmaker. By 1811 James was himself a master; in that year he entered into an indenture agreement with 14-year-old James B. Garritson of Staten Island to teach him "the Art, Trade, and Mystery of a Cabinet Maker."

The sofa was reupholstered in a historically accurate manner in 1983 with generous support from Mr. Mario Buatta.
Earliest Date 1820
Latest Date 1840
Maker James Poillon, Staten Island
Subjects Antiques
Lexicon Sub-category Furniture
Associated People Decker, Mary Frances (Prall)
Catalog Number 82.081.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2013.
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