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Brass Inlaid Mahogany Grecian Sofa

In the Style of Duncan Phyfe
Origin United States, New York
Period 19th Century
Materials Mahogany and brass
Dimensions
W. 84 in; H. 32.5 in; D. 26 in;
W. 213.36 cm; H. 82.55 cm; D. 66.04 cm;
Condition Good. modern upholstery
Creation Date c. 1815
Description BRASS INLAYED CARVED MAHOGANY GRECIAN SOFA
In the manner of Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854)
New York, c. 1815


The scrolled crest rail with five inlaid panels of crotch mahogany bordered with brass stringing, the reeded arms with turned bosses continue to a reeded seat rail raised on reeded saber legs with brass paw feet on casters.

H: 32½" W: 84" D: 26"

Condition: Excellent; Modern horsehair upholstery in the original pattern with conservation webbing and materials.

This is an iconic form in New York Classical furniture in the late-Sheraton style with influences of the French Directoire. The form is illustrated in plate 7 from The New York Book of Prices for Manufacturing Cabinet and Chair Work, 1817. It relates to many sofas documented to Duncan Phyfe, c. 1810-1815. Related Grecian sofas are illustrated in Nancy McClelland's Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency 1795-1830 (New York: William R. Scott, Inc., 1939), 166-169, and in the catalog of the exhibition of Phyfe's work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An other related sofa is in the collection of the New York State Museum in Albany. The brass string inlay is a rare and desirable feature not found in any of the published examples.
Styles / Movements Classical, Federal, Traditional
Book References Nancy McClelland's Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency 1795-1830 (New York: William R. Scott, Inc., 1939), 166-169.
Dealer Reference Number S-C-AAA-213151
Incollect Reference Number 449079
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