Cherry; sycamore, pine; textile; brass
Overall: 38 3/4 x 72 x 25 in. ( 98.4 x 182.9 x 63.5 cm )
stamped: on brass plaque: "SETTEE MADE OF WOOD FROM / GENERAL ISRAEL PUTNAM'S ORCHARD"
Cherry Chippendale settee; triple-back with serpentine crest rail, scrolled ears, and three pierced scroll splats; rectangular stiles tapering slightly toward top; curved, angled, and slightly outswept arms with scrolled handrest; straight, square legs and rectangular stretchers; inscribed brass plaque at center of crest rail.
A brass plaque attached to this settee indicates that it was made of wood from General Israel Putnam's orchard. As major-general in the Continental Army, Putnam played an important part in the battle of Bunker Hill. In December 1779 a stroke of paralysis ended his military career. Thereafter, he kept a tavern in Brooklyn, Connecticut, near which his orchard was probably located. The donor received this settee from his sister-in-law, a granddaughter of General Putnam.
Gift of Benjamin M. Norman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.