Meridienne, noun


Meridienne describes a sofa in which one arm is higher than the other. The item pictured here is a late 19th century English Regency black-upholstered mahogany meridienne, 30 inches tall by 66 inches wide. It was lot #122 in Nye & Company’s Summer Estate Treasures Auction on August 16th, online and in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where it had a pre-sale estimate of $600-$900. Condition played a part in the fact that it ended up bringing the low estimate of $600. The sofa had tears to the fabric, losses to the trim and a distressed surface. Oh, well.

Interesting story about the sofa’s provenance, however. It came out of the New York City apartment of Academy Award-nominated actress Grayson Hall (1925-1985) and her writer-husband Sam Hall (1921-2014). Ms. Hall was up for her performance in John Houston’s 1964 film Night of the Iguana but is best remembered as Dr. Julia Hoffman, the doctor who fell in love with the vampire Barnabas Collins on the cult classic soap, Dark Shadows. Sam Hall was a writer on the show; he was also head writer for the soap opera One Life to Live.