Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Rosewood, mahogany, tulip poplar, white pine, brass
29 1/2 x 36 x 18 in. (74.9 x 91.4 x 45.7 cm)
Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1968
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
With their bold yet simple shape, these pillared card tables (see also 68.94.2) with rounded corners anticipate the simplified Grecian style of the 1830s. Possibly made in Duncan Phyfe's workshop, they are in the French Restoration style, which coincided in the United States with the Greek Revival mode in architecture. Veneered with exotic rosewood and inlaid with brass, the tables are further enriched with gilded brass ornaments centered on the aprons and with bronzed and gilded antique-style feet.