Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Mahogany, pine, ash
38 1/2 x 74 x 24 1/2 in. (97.8 x 188 x 62.2 cm)
Purchase, L. E. Katzenbach Fund Gift, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 738
Bold, robust forms and a heavy reliance on highly figured mahogany and rosewood veneers characterize Grecian Plain Style furniture such as this couch. This style would have been found in fashionable New York townhouses of the 1830s in the most up-to-date Greek Revival taste. In 1837, Phyfe's manufactory is believed to have produced a pair of these couches as well as stools, benches, and side chairs for prominent New York attorney Samuel Foote's elegant home at 678 Broadway.
descended in the Katzenbach family, New Canaan, Connecticut; William E. Katzenbach, New York, until 1966