A Victorian pierce-carved rosewood sofa
Lot 1187
A Victorian pierce-carved rosewood sofa
Sold for US$ 4,780 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Victorian pierce-carved rosewood sofa
The undulating crestrail pierced-carved with foliate trailings, with colorful upholstery printed with palm trees and leaves in shades of crimson, green, and beige (losses and restorations).
Height 41in; length 6 feet 3in; depth 23in


  • This sofa was the central piece of furniture in Capote's United Nations Plaza apartment in New York City and can be seen in countless photographs, including the well-known 1977 image shot by Arnold Newman of Capote lounging on the sofa. Interestingly, Joanne Carson loaned this exact sofa to the producers of Tru, the acclaimed 1989 play about Capote that starred Robert Morse (who won both a Tony Award and an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Capote). The sofa traveled with the theatre production on to Los Angeles and San Francisco for performances in those cities as well. Included is a clipped newspaper article and a color image showing Capote inside his apartment with this sofa in situ.