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Philadelphia Art Museum Attributes Sofa To Thomas Brooks

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dsc01514 2 Philadelphia Art Museum Attributes Sofa To Thomas Brooks

I spent the weekend in antique mode (what else is new?) with Saturday spent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Sunday spent perusing the antique stores of Adamstown, PA.  The difference is that I did it all with some very good friends and had a blast.  It’s always fun to share an interest with others who also can appreciate it (albeit not as rabidly as I – yet).

I will be posting some of the images I captured at the museum from a camera that I borrowed.  I never realized that they’d let you photograph their items, but now I know to bring my own camera along.  One of the photos is above and is a sofa that the museum attributes to Thomas Brooks.

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I question the attribution and how it was made.  The sign does not go as far as to detail attribution sources (nor do I necessarily expect it to), so it is hard to guess their thinking.  It resembles sofas by John Jelliff more so than Brooks items and you can see a confirmed Brooks chair here.  Note the break in the skirt and the two rosettes as well as the lack of figural arms.  Granted, he could have had multiple styles that he produced, but I think there is more in common with documented Jelliff pieces, such as those at the Newark Museum than this Brooks chair.  My guess is that the profile of the crest could be a hint as to why the Brooks attribution is there.

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  • LISE BOHM - August 4, 2008

    If the piece is unsigned, they will attribute the furniture to a maker. They probably have a bill of sale to justify the attribution. This would be my guest.

  • woodwright - August 4, 2008

    Jelliff would have been my guess too.
    Here’s the same sofa that just sold @ Neal Auction as part of a 4 pc. set in nice condition w/ a red Damask uphostery (looks sharp – $2,500 for 4 pcs.). Neal attributed theirs to Jelliff. http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5420675
    Here’s the same set as an 8pc – double set that recently sold @ Cowans for an unbelievable $2,600 – looks like nice shape w/ nice upholstery. Cowans also attributed their set to Jelliff. http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5366784 woodwright

  • RareVictorian - August 4, 2008

    I have an email into the museum to see if they can find any record of attribution reasoning.

  • james conrad - August 4, 2008

    “I have an email into the museum to see if they can find any record of attribution reasoning.”

    Hopefully you will get a response however, i would not be surprised if you didnt. Often, museum’s, like art history depts at universities have a guy or gal who takes a particular interest in whatever art form interests you but the bad news is they retire or die. The good news is, these places have an institutional memory just waiting for someone else to continue the work as this research is safely stored away.

  • JEAN GROUT - April 12, 2015

    Where did Thomas Brooks sign his marbletop parlor tables?

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