Settee

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Settee
Title
Settee
Date 
1807-1814
Medium 
Maple, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 27 5/8 x 81 x 21 in. ( 70.2 x 205.7 x 53.3 cm )
Credit Line 
Bequest of Randall J. LeBoeuf, Jr., 1976
Object Number 
INV.14952
Gallery Label 
This painted maple Windsor-style settee is said to have been used on Robert Fulton's (1765-1815), Clermont, the first commercially successful steamboat to operate in the United States. Robert R. Livingston was Fulton’s partner in the enterprise. Interestingly, Fulton eventually married Livingston’s niece Harriet Livingston (1786-1824). The maiden voyage of the Clermont, named for Livingston’s estate, departed from the Chancellor’s property in the Hudson Valley in 1807 and ran between New York City and Albany until it was retired in 1814. Family lore suggests that the bench, originally part of a pair, resided on the porch of Livingston’s home before it was redecorated and placed on the rear deck of the steamboat.
Bibliography 
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group