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Mariposa Sofa

Mariposa Sofa
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Mariposa Sofa
3rd Quarter of the 19th Century
Narra and Rattan
H: 38” x L : 78” x W: 27” (97 cm x 198 cm x 69 cm)

Opening bid: P 200,000


Lot 93 of the Leon Gallery Auction on 9 June 2018. Please see for more details.

This sofa is locally known as mariposa sofa, because its shape resembled that of a butterfly (mariposa in Spanish). It was influenced by the Belter Style of furniture that became popular in the US after 1850. Made of veneers and usually upholstered with horsehair, the style underwent transformation when it became fashionable in the Philippines as the Revival Luis Quince Style. Solid narra instead of veneer was used in it construction and, due to the hot and humid climate, the upholstery was dispensed with and replaced with rattan caning.

This elegant sofa has a pair of short cabriole legs in front and splayed back legs. The graceful cabriole legs in front are embellished at the shoulders with a design of leaves and berries. The arm support consists of an acanthus leaf scroll emanating from a graceful inward-curling volute that has a small curl attached that becomes the arm. The serpentine-shaped seat, caned in one piece, has the front of the seat frame carved with a narrow apron of symmetrical curved and scrolled moldings. The back follows the serpentine contour of the seat frame and is composed of two balloon-shaped backrests, each resembling that of a Luis Quince side chair. The middle backrest is lower than those on either side, but is decorated with a carved crown in the form of a pierced crest with a central tri-lobed flower flanked by graceful leafy scrolls.

-Martin I. Tinio, Jr.
Date: 2018-06-06 09:50:52

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