April 18, 2015

A Granite Sofa at Skylands

Skylands, my home in Maine, is now the temporary residence of an original reproduction of a Federalist period Grecian Sofa.

The “Granite Sofa” is a four-thousand pound sculpture carved out of one single piece of pink granite. It was delivered after friends suggested I house the art piece while the museum caring for it underwent renovations. I thought it would be fun, and I was sure I could find a suitable place for it. It’s a beautifully crafted carving by sculptor, Russ Kaufman, for Celeste Roberge, the internationally known artist who wanted it as a monument to the original 1805 Samuel McIntire “Grecian Sofa”, currently at the acclaimed Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

It took a little ingenuity and elbow grease to transport the installation, but I’m thrilled and honored to have this work of art at my home. Here are some photos - I hope you enjoy them.