Possibly from the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
D. Phyfe & Sons (1837–1840)
Made in New York, New York, United States
32 3/4 x 17 5/16 x 18 3/16 in. (83.2 x 44 x 46.2 cm)
Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation Gift, 1968
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 732
As craftsmen transitioned from the Early to the Late Grecian style (the latter is also referred to as the Grecian Plain Style), they began to incorporate more curvilinear shapes and new motifs. With a scrolled stay rail and an inverted lotus-shaped splat, this design is more abstract than the clearly delineated lyre-back chair attributed to Phyfe (65.188.2). This example is thought to come from Phyfe's shop based on the quality of the workmanship and a close stylistic connection to a set of chairs manufactured for Phyfe's daughter, Eliza Phyfe Vail (1801–1890).
descended in the Bloomfield family of New Jersey; George Scheiner and Son, Newark, New Jersey, until 1968