Charles A. Boudoine Laminated Rosewood Sofa ca. 1855
I have a recently acquired habit of collecting sofas. I have more sofas than I have space to put them in. A recently purchased Jelliff sits in my garage while a Belter scroll sofa sits at a right angle to a French rococo sofa in the parlor. They’re placed in this configuration even though it doesn’t necessarily work in the room, but I need to fit it all in! I stopped by a small local antique store yesterday and they told me of a Belter sofa about to arrive in their store today. Even though I don’t need yet another sofa, I will go back to take a look… You can always trade up.
A less commonly heard name in rare Victorian furniture is Charles Boudoine. I will eventually research more about him but as of now, I know he was a French immigrant furniture maker that produced Rococo furniture from 1829-1856. His work reminds me a bit of the Meeks’ items. The listing for this beautiful sofa ends February 24th with pricing starting at $16,500 and a buy-it-now price of $17,950. More from the listing:
Similar to the one pictured in AMERICAN FURNITURE OF THE 19TH CENTURY 1840-1880 by Eileen and Richard Dubrow, page 117 bottom. There is a matching sofa in the Chicago Art Museum.
This sofa is 76” long, 45.5” tall, and about 30” deep. The intricate features of the laminated rosewood carvings are stunning. Where the upholstery is in very good condition, it needs to be professionally cleaned. The back medallions are screwed in place which is typical of Boudouine construction techniques. The overall condition of this sofa is very good – the sofa is functional, the rosewood carvings are crisp and in exceptional condition, the frame is tight, and the padding is comfortable. The laminated rosewood woodwork appears to have been professionally refinished at one time and again is in very good+ condition. This piece of museum quality Victorian furniture, which retains its original wheel castors, belongs in a museum or the home of a sophisticated connoisseur of American Victorian furniture.