Duncan Phyfe Furniture

ix Mahogany Neoclassical Klismos Chairs Attributed to Phyfe

These chairs are related to documented chairs made in the Duncan Phyfe workshop for his daughter on the occurance of her marriage – Stanley Weiss Collection

Duncan Phyfe was one of nineteenth-century leading cabinetmakers in America.  He was able to offer some of the most popular European trendy designs for low prices.  His style became so distinguished that he became a major spokesman for Neoclassicism in the United States, influencing a whole generation of cabinetmakers, and American style of furniture.

His personal style was one which had proportions, balance, symmetry, and restraint. Demand for Phyfe’s work reached its peak between 1805 and 1820, and became the dominant design in furnishings until 1847, when he retired at the age of seventy-seven. He was known as America’s leading cabinetmakers by embracing many of the most popular Neoclassical styles of Europe, which bear the influence of Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Hope.  He continued with the some of the most promenant designs of the time, Regency, Federal, Empire and ending with styles influenced by the Grecian style. Phyfe incoporated many classic motifs in his work such as acanthus leaves, rosettes, lion feet, and lyres.  Phyfe made most of his furniture out of rosewood after 1830.  Rosewood is a strong heavy wood that takes polish well. Phyfe often did not include trade labels on his furniture pieces so it is difficult to determine what is original versus a replication.

Barack Obama in the green room next to a striped D. Phyfe sofa.

Barack Obama in the green room next to a striped D. Phyfe sofa.

Round Cherry Top Burled Maple Duncan Phyfe Pedestal Dining Table

Round Cherry Top Burled Maple Duncan Phyfe Pedestal Dining Table

This brand new round dining table was made in North Carolina and finished by our veteran artisans here at Carrocel Restorations.  Made with a solid wood core combined with gorgeously figured cherry top with burled maple banding, you can rest assured that the quality of this table is second-to-none.  It has been finished in a durable catalyzed lacquer that protects the table’s finish from scratches and nicks.  This beautiful table rests atop an equally stunning pedestal that has been finished in a sleek black lacquer.  Adorned with  hand-applied antiqued 24k gold leafing, it is a timeless Duncan Phyfe style brought with a contemporary finish.  This 60″ diametre table can easily accommodate gatherings of 6-8 people without sacrificing comfort.  Dine in style and grace with this absolutely stunning dining table.

Duncan Phyfe Sofa

Duncan Phyfe Sofawww.richardrothstein.com 

Duncan Phyfe style vase design double pedestal rectangular dining table

Duncan Phyfe style vase design double pedestal rectangular dining table with optional inlaid inset satinwood band, optional reeded edge, optional carved leaf design vase, optional carved leaf legs and optional cast brass hairy paw casters. Shown in mahogany.

Available in custom sizes, woods, shapes, inlay options, edge options, leaf options, pedestal styles, leg options, carving options, foot options, finishes including hand planed and distressed, stain colors and custom stain colors, paint colors and custom paint colors and japan lacquers

Leather-top Duncan Phyfe Flame Mahogany Round Coffee Table- One Kings Lane

Leather-top Duncan Phyfe Flame Mahogany Round Coffee Table- One Kings Lane

Feld & Feld on Phyfe

Feld & Feld on Phyfe- www.afanews.com

Michael Connors

Michael Connors Antiques

Antique Duncan Phyfe set of 6 Mahogany Dining Chairs

An Important set of 6 Mahogany & Mahogany Veneer chairs made by Duncan Phyfe New York circa 1830.. This set was part of the classical furnishings that were assembled by Page Talbott in the 1980’s for the NJ Governor\’s mansion called Drumthwacket.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened an exhibit of Phyfe Furniture, Dec 20 2011, & there is an identical chair in the exhibit to this set. That chair  is owned by Glorianna Gibbons a  descendent of  Duncan Phyfe. Her chair is part of the set of 16 lotus- back chairs that descended in the family of Eliza Phyfe Vail. Ms, Gibbons  chair  is part of that set of 16, & is plate 49 in the catalog to the show.

Duncan Phyfe

Duncan Phyfe- maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com 

Duncan Phyfe New York Federal Sofa

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 bef0re offered as a collector’s pair.

Duncan Phyfe New York Federal Sofa

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 later, more common, heavily carved American Empire furniture produced by his shop decades later.

Federal Drop Leaf Pedestal Table

Federal Drop Leaf Pedestal Tablewww.cottoneauctions.com 

Duncan Phyfe Table

Duncan Phyfe Table- thedonovanboys.com

Fabulous Duncan Phyfe Style Sofa All New Upholstery

Fabulous Duncan Phyfe style sofa with new linen upholstery and great detailing.

Fabulous Duncan Phyfe Style Sofa All New Upholstery

Pair of American Federal Painted Lyre Back Chairs

Pair of American Federal Painted Lyre Back Chairs

Lyre back chairs emerged from the Classical Greek period, reflecting, stylistically, the curving shape of a lyre. In a furniture context, the design is often associated with the American Federal Period.  Well known designers who employed this stylistic element include the noted New York furniture designer Duncan Phyfe. This painted version of the lyre back chair is typical of those being made in the Eastern United States, especially city centers like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and New York.

 

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