settee

settee

circa 1770
Country
Peru
Style/Tradition
Chippendale Peruvian Colonial
settee
Carved mahogany wood, silk damask
Gift of John Critcher Freyer for the Frank Barrows Freyer Collection
1969.375.1
. settee. circa 1770. Carved mahogany wood, silk damask. Gift of John Critcher Freyer for the Frank Barrows Freyer Collection. 1969.375.1.
Dimensions
height: 49 in, 124.4600 cm; width: 25 in, 63.5000 cm; length: 86 in, 218.4400 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Following basic European styles, furniture in colonial Latin America developed regional variations. Proportions in the New World were often grander and heavier than their European counterparts and the decoration was often more ornate, particularly during the Baroque period. Often local details were incorporated into the decorative elements alongside European allegorical and classical imagery. In some cases Asian influence can be seen in Latin American furniture as a result of Asian decorative arts imported via the Manila galleons.
This settee is one of a pair and is executed in the stouter and heavier Peruvian colonial version of the English Queen Anne or Chippendale style. Also, the front skirt and back splats are much more elaborately carved than their European counterparts. It is an excellent example of the Peruvian appropriation and adaptation of a mainstream European style.
--Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 24 October 1969 to the Denver Art Museum by Mr. and Mrs. John C. Freyer. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.