Overall: 115 x 106 x 22 in. ( 292.1 x 269.2 x 55.9 cm )
Carved and painted Rococo chimney breast; projecting cornice above a broken scroll pedimented overmantel with elaborate rococo-carved trusses, flanked by fluted Doric pilasters; narrow mantel shelf above a frieze with elaborate rococo carving, including a carved paddling dog flanked by swans in the center; paneled pilasters flank rectangular opening; paneled sides with molded chair boards and base boards; one of the two detachable crests (1962.63) in the collection of the N-YHS may have been intended to hang in the pediment.
This carved and painted chimney breast is from the drawing room of Mount Pleasant, the Manhattan country house built by James Beekman (1732-1807) at what is now 51st Street and the East River. The house, one of New York's finest rococo residences, was built in 1763-1764 and demolished in 1874.
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
Gift of James W. Beekman
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