This sinuous recamier sofa was made for Benjamin Latrobe, the architect who rebuilt the Capitol after it was torched by the British in 1814. Conservation revealed that the cabinetmaker was a master of the craft, finding skillful details such as the walnut veneer’s grain echoing the swooping curves of the sofa.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Recamier,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2011/2011-035-000/ (July 23, 2021)
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