Walnut Paneled Settee

Walnut Paneled Settee
c. 1700-1750

ERIC PEARSON
1965
walnut, leather, metal

H 4 1/8 in. | W 6 1/8 in. | D 2 1/4 in.
H 10.478 cm | W 15.558 cm | D 5.715 cm 

1997.277
Gift of the Eloise Kruger Charitable Trust

The pull-out bed is an old invention, as this settee/bed from the early 1700s proves. Eloise Kruger commissioned this settee from Eric Pearson based on one pictured in Wallace Nutting's Furniture Treasury
(New York: Macmillan Company, 1961. Fig. #1634).

Two small metal latches on the front panel secure the piece as a settee. To fold out into a bed, the floor rests slide out using the handles on each side, the latches unhook, and the seat folds outward. Once extended, it can be filled with cushions to accommodate its user.