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Duncan Phyfe at the Met

Back in December an exhibit opened at the Metropolitan Museum about cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe, whose furniture was very trendy in the 1920’s. He emigrated from Scotland when he was only 16 years old and trained as a cabinetmaker while living in Albany, New York before relocating to New York City. He became popularized for selling his work at low prices.

A crib dated 1840-47

Sofa dated 1810-20

Arm chair dated 1830-35

According to the Met,  Phyfe’s work was in such demand that he was referred to as the “United States Rage.” His best known furniture was similar to the work of Thomas Sheraton, who created English Regency pieces.  Looking at Phyfe’s beautiful handiwork, you can see why he is considered to be one of the leading furniture makers of his time.

Frame chair dated 1791-1818

A glamorous bedstead, 1841

Meridienne dated 1837

Secretary, 1815-20

I think these pieces are beautiful, and I hope I can get up to see the exhibit before it closes.


Image & Information Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art




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