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Couch

Maker:
Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
Date:
1837
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, pine, ash
Dimensions:
38 1/2 x 74 x 24 1/2 in. (97.8 x 188 x 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, L. E. Katzenbach Fund Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
66.221.1
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
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