A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee

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Lot 1262W
A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee

Sold for US$ 85,400 inc. premium
A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee
possibly the workshop of Duncan Phyfe or one of his contemporaries
New York
first quarter 19th century

height 34 1/2in (87cm); width 6ft 10 1/2in (2.06m); depth 23 1/4in (59cm)

Footnotes

  • "Made by Duncan Phyfe or a contemporary of equal rank," is the expression used by Albert Sack in his New Fine Points of Furniture, 1993, to describe a sofa attributed to Duncan Phyfe carved with the highest quality of craftsmanship, including double lyres integrated in a reeded frame. The Neoclassical reference is continued on the crestrail carved with Roman fasces and bow tied cornucopiae. This crest design and the lyres carved with gadrooned styles are documented by Nancy McClelland in Duncan Phyfe and The English Regency, 1939.

    Rare as a caned triple back settee, rather than an upholstered form, and carved with cornucopiae, fasces and double lyres the offered settee may be attributed to his shop based upon similar documented examples: A caned settee made for Thomas Cornell Pearsall, and now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has the same scrolled tablet crestrail and arms carved with paired cornucopia over a triple caned panel back and reeded front rail. A nearly identical is in the Winterthur Museum, and a closely related example in the Karolik Collection at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. A similarly carved crestrail with paired cornucopiae flanked by carved fasces are on a sofa and pair of chairs attributed to Phyfe, referenced in Isabelle Miller, Furniture by New York Cabinetmakers 1650-1860, 1956. This settee also has outward facing hairy legs, ending in lion paw feet. The offered example, with outward facing hairy legs ends on cloven goat's hooves, as does a lyre back chair in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum and pictured in Albert Sack, ibid.

    A pair of window seats and chairs with closely related carving and cloven hoof feet were sold in Christies "Important American furniture,Folk Art, Prints and Decoys" sale, Friday 18, 2008, lot 470. That suite of furniture descended in the Livingston Family of New York, provenance, Israel Sack , Inc. New York.
A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee
A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee
A very fine and important Federal carved mahogany settee
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