Maker: Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)

Date: 1837

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, pine, ash

Dimensions: 38 1/2 x 74 x 24 1/2 in. (97.8 x 188 x 62.2 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, L. E. Katzenbach Fund Gift, 1966

Accession Number: 66.221.1


Bold, robust forms and a heavy reliance on highly figured mahogany and rosewood veneers characterize Grecian Plain Style furniture such as this couch. This style would have been found in fashionable New York townhouses of the 1830s in the most up-to-date Greek Revival taste. In 1837, Phyfe's manufactory is believed to have produced a pair of these couches as well as stools, benches, and side chairs for prominent New York attorney Samuel Foote's elegant home at 678 Broadway.