Attributed to Duncan Phyfe / Sofa / ca. 1810-1820Attributed to Duncan Phyfe
ca. 1810-1820

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Creator Name: Phyfe, Duncan
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: European; British; Scottish
Creator Dates/Places: Scottish, 1768-1854, active in New York 1792-1847
Creator Active Place: New York
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Duncan Phyfe
Title: Sofa
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1810
Creation End Date: 1820
Creation Date: ca. 1810-1820
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Mahogany, tulip poplar, cane, gilded brass
Dimensions: 34 x 84 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (86.4 x 215.3 x 60.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 60.4.1
Credit Line: Gift of C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1960

This sofa is part of a large suite of seating furniture in the Museum's collection that includes a pair of armchairs, ten side chairs, and two footstools once owned by Thomas Cornell Pearsall, a wealthy New York merchant and shipowner. Other chairs from the set are owned by the Museum of the City of New Yor. The attribution to Phyfe is based on the set's traditional history of ownership which is recorded in an inscription stamped on the inside of the seat rails on the sofa and several of the chairs. The skillful execution of the details also points to Phyfe. The curule-base design for the suite derives from Greco-Roman seating forms illustrated and described in the 1808 supplement to the London 'Chairmakers' and Carvers' Book of Prices.'

AMICA ID: MMA_.60.4.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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