New York City
Mahogany, tulip poplar, brass; 28 1/2 x 36 in. (72.4 x 91.4 cm)
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931 (31.44.11)
At the time when this card table was acquired from the collection of Louis Guerineau Myers, one of the great early connoisseurs and collectors of American furniture, it was attributed to the shop of Duncan Phyfe. The table bore that association for many years due to its elegant design and superb workmanship. Without documentation or any history of family ownership, however, it is difficult to justify assigning the table to the Phyfe shop. Recent scholarship has shown that as many as 300 cabinetmakers were at work in New York City in any given year between 1810 and 1820, and many of them were capable of rendering high-quality wares in this distinctive New York regional style.