John Cogswell


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(b Ipswich, MA, 1738; d Boston, MA, 1819). American furniture-maker. From about 1760 he was working in Boston, where he was the most important exponent of Bombé pieces carved in the American version of the Chippendale style. In the early 1780s, perhaps in response to Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director, Cogswell began to add double-serpentine shaping to the facades of his furniture. The number of secure attributions is small, but the existence of one signed piece has facilitated the identification of another 12 works by Cogswell.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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