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Napoleon III-era carved giltwood and pink damask silk upholstery canapé à confidante

This Napoleon III-era carved giltwood and pink damask silk upholstery canapé à confidante, French, ca. 1850, sold for over $50,000 at Sotheby's New York in April 2011.

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Definition: a long sofa having a seat at each end, facing outward at right angles to the main seat; developed in 18th-century France, reflecting the burst of new types of furniture, it is characteristic of Louis XV and rococo styles, as well as the mid-19th century revivals of those styles; intended for at least three persons, not unlike an indiscret, except that the center section is usually much longer than the two side seats

Pronunciation: kan-a-pay ah kon-fee-dant

Also Known As: confidante, canapé en confident

Example: Flanked by her two friends, Amanda could indeed have a confidential conversation sitting on the ornate Second Empire canapé à confidante.

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