Sofa, Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854), Maple, American

Sofa

Maker:
Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
Date:
1810–20
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple
Dimensions:
30 x 82 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (76.2 x 209.6 x 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck, in memory of Dr. James Sykes Rumsey, 1940
Accession Number:
40.159.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 733
Pieces of sofa-like furniture with scrolled ends, one higher than the other, were called "Grecian couches" in the early nineteenth century, when they were being made. In 1800 the French artist Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) had painted Mme Récamier reclining on a similar couch; the portrait became so famous that such couches are sometimes called "récamiers" after her. The frame of this example, painted and grained to simulate rosewood, is decorated with freehand gilded designs of eagles, foliate scrolls, and cornucopias, imitative of ormolu mounts.
Mrs. Bayard Verplanck, Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, until 1940