Art/ Collection/ Art Object


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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, L. E. Katzenbach Fund Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
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
Related Objects

Chest of drawers

Artist: Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) Date: ca. 1825 Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer Accession: 2012.336 On view in:Not on view

Pier Table in the Neo-Classical Taste

Artist: Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) Date: 1815–25 Medium: Rosewood veneer, gilded gesso and vert antique, gilded brass, die-stamped brass borders, marble, looking glass plate Accession: 2012.483a, b On view in:Not on view

Card Table

Artist: Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) Date: 1815–25 Medium: Rosewood, satinwood, painted and gilded gesso, brass Accession: 2004.538 On view in:Not on view


Artist: Possibly Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) Date: 1805–15 Medium: Mahogany Accession: 2014.55 On view in:Gallery 731

Scroll back side chair

Artist: Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) Date: 1810–15 Medium: Mahogany Accession: 2009.504 On view in:Not on view