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Work Table

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:
Mahogany veneer, mahogany, gilt-brass ornament, white pine, yellow poplar
Dimensions:
29 3/16 x 22 3/4 x 16 in. (74.1 x 57.8 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.48.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 731
Perhaps unique in design, this is one of two known work tables of this type. The best features of New York Classical style are seen in its shape and decoration. The workings of its interior are equally elaborate. The lid, hinged from the front, springs up upon release of a hidden catch to reveal a plain panel with a mirror on the reverse.
descended in the Birckhead family, Newport, Rhode Island; Philip G. Birckhead, Fairfax, Connecticut; Israel Sack Inc., New York, by 1966
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