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Basildon Park, Berkshire (Accredited Museum)
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This style of sofa allows for confidential, intimate conversations between close friends. The confidante sofa was created in eighteenth-century France and soon adopted by English furniture makers. This one is in the style of Thomas Chippendale and is similar to a suite of furniture in the Royal Collection at Clarence House.
A long settee, or 'confidante', English in the French taste. Carved and gilded frame with pyramids of flowers and central ribbon and husk swag on shaped top rail, and husks and rosettes on apron. Scrolling arm terminals on curved supports. Tapering fluted legs with stiff leaf bands. Upholstered in floral and castle patterned yellow damask. Closely related to documented pieces by Thomas Chippendale at Brocket Park and Windsor Castle.