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    Sale 12186

    Important American Furniture, Silver, Outsider and Folk Art

    20 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 884

    A CLASSICAL CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY WORK TABLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHOP OF DUNCAN PHYFE (1768-1854), NEW YORK, 1810-1820

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    A CLASSICAL CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY WORK TABLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHOP OF DUNCAN PHYFE (1768-1854), NEW YORK, 1810-1820
    30 ¼ in high, 25 3/8 in. wide, 15 3/8 in. deep


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    This work table combines sinuous curves and geometric casework to create one of the most sophisticated and elegant forms from New York's Classical era. Attenuated cabriole legs on classical furniture are rare and only found on a small group of card tables, work tables and a dressing table. This work table most closely resembles a pair of card tables in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery with waterleaf-carved legs, paw feet and almost identical carved rosettes on the canted corners above the legs (Yale University Art Gallery, acc. no. 1930.2004a-b). A dressing table that descended in the family of Emily Phyfe Dunham, Duncan Phyfe's grandniece, bears legs similar to those on the Yale card tables and the work table offered here and provides the basis for the attribution to Phyfe's shop (Nancy McClelland, Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency (New York, 1939), pl. 152).
    Recessed within rectangular reserves, the carved rosettes are unusual features. In addition to the Yale card tables, virtually identical rosettes are found on two pembroke tables, each with four baluster supports and hairy paw feet (one sold at Christie's, New York, 19 October 1990, lot 300; the other is in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery and illustrated and discussed in David L. Barquist, American Tables and Looking Glasses (New Haven, 1992), cat. 69, pp. 158-162).

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    Provenance

    Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1963
    Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman
    Sold, Christie's, New York, 16 January 1998, lot 248


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTORS


    Literature

    Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement, The Magazine Antiques (March 1963), inside front cover.
    Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol.1, brochure 11, May 1963, p. 261, no. 648.
    Lita Solis-Cohen, "Living with Antiques: The Bryn Mawr Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Dawson Coleman," The Magazine Antiques (April 1966), p. 576.