Duncan Phyfe New York Federal Sofa - Single or Collector's Pair
Extremely rare pair of the Phyfe Shop's earliest (prior to 1800) Sheraton-Adam inspired, masterfully carved 6 legged mahogany sofas or 'settees'. 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; the 'red' sofa on wooden, and the white on brass.
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. This particular six-legged 'in-turned side arm' sofa form is believed to be Phyfe's earliest and rarest, infrequently available; and likely NEVER BEFORE OFFERED AS A COLLECTOR'S PAIR.
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