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Card Table

Date:
1810–20
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, gilded brass with yellow poplar
Dimensions:
28 1/2 x 36 in. (72.4 x 91.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931
Accession Number:
31.44.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726
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.
Louis Guerineau Myers, New York, until 1931; [George Coe Graves, Osterville, Massachusetts, 1931]
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