Duncan Phyfe Federal Period Sofa

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The Phyfe Shop's earliest (prior to 1800) Sheraton-Adam inspired, masterfully carved mahogany SIX legged sofa or 'settee'. Three panels of crest rail carvings: a central bowed swag panel, with bow tied wheat sheaves in panels to either side. In-turned curvature of reed faced side arms. The two baluster arm supports, and the four front legs, are finely reeded with a count of 22. The two rear legs are slightly raking and plain. All six legs rest on casters.
Exceptional refinement of English Sheraton and Scottish Adam Brothers design and proportion; with characteristic American Federal period hand-carved motifs and detail. Secondary woods and manner of joinery substantiate attribution and dating to the first NYC shop of Duncan Phyfe, on Partition (now Fulton) Street. The six-legged 'in-turned side arm' sofa is Phyfe's earliest, rarest, and most restrained; unlike the more common, heavily carved American Classical period furniture produced by his shop decades later.

Details

  • Period
    1790-1799
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-Crafted   Upholstery
    Hand-Carved   Mahogany
    Hand-Crafted   Poplar
    Hand-Carved
  • Condition
    Good. Fine period antique condition; structurally sound, recent upholstery. Expected surface condition of carved mahogany. Boxed seating springs replaced cloth webbing and cushion, approximately 100 years after the sofa was originally made..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    36.25 in. H x 72 in. W x 29 in. D
    92 cm H x 183 cm W x 74 cm D
  • Seat Height
    18.5 in. (47 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Woodbury, CT
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U1209168667365
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