Unattractive and Undesirable Sofa at Neal Auction
Pay no mind to this Grecian (scroll back) sofa in the next Neal Auction coming up in the May 3rd and 4th sale. The carved Cornucopias, incised crestrail, and seat rail gadrooning speak nothing of Anthony Quervelle and his designs. A friend who inspected this sofa for me indicated that the carved legs are cardboard facades and not the carved mahogany paw feet that Quervelle so frequently employed.
Ignore the sofa in figure 6 of the March 1974 issue of The Magazine Antiques on pg. 515 which is attributed to Quervelle that looks nearly identical to this decidedly impostrous 1960s-era copy. I also hear that the above sofa will have a special buyers premium of 40% and it is located in Siberia, which would be a costly shipping bill for the potential buyer.
Why Neal Auction put this on the cover of their auction catalog is unknown to me. If I were you, I would not even consider putting a single bid on this sofa or you will certainly find yourself in a state of buyers remorse. I will do the Neal Auction customers a favor and provide a modest bid to take the sofa out of circulation and return it to it’s Philadelphia origin, storing it in my home so that others are not taken in by this preposterous ruse.
More pictures of this cardboard 1960s copy are here but I’m not sure why you would care to go there anyway.