Duncan Phyfe Style

   One enterprising cabinetmaker contributed significantly to the design of early American furniture. This furniture designer was Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854), Scottish born and an emigre to the United States when only fifteen years old. He was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker in Albany, but nine years later moved to Manhattan and opened his own shop. Then he changed his name from Fife to the more glamorous Phyfe. The style of this master craftsman became known throughout the Western world, a style greatly desired among leading decorators, many of whom considered him the best American furniture maker of his time. Duncan Phyfe furniture was admired for its exact proportions, graceful curving lines, and carved brass ornamentation.
   Some pieces were reeded or covered with raised molding. Phyfe's style incorporated the best of the designs of Sheraton, Hepplewhite, and Adam Brothers, with original touches here and there. Further, Phyfe invented certain mechanical devices that made some pieces of furniture more serviceable. His dining room tables, for example, were expandable, and his card tables and sewing cabinets were more functional than others. His later designs were influenced by the Empire style.

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  • Duncan Phyfe — Canapé datant de 1810 1815, attribué à l atelier de Phyfe, en prêt au Cincinnati Art Museum, en acajou, cerisier, pin, laiton doré et avec un rembourrage moderne. Duncan Phyfe (16 août 1768 1854) est un ébéniste américain et l un des principaux… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • duncan phyfe — |dəŋkən|fīf sometimes kəŋ| adjective Usage: usually capitalized D&P Etymology: after Duncan Phyfe died 1854 Scottish American cabinetmaker 1. : of, relating to, being, or imitative of furniture designed and built by or in the style of Duncan… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Duncan Phyfe — adjective Date: 1926 of, relating to, or constituting furniture designed and built by or in the style of Duncan Phyfe …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Phyfe, Duncan — orig. Duncan Fife born 1768, near Loch Fannich, Ross and Cromarty, Scot. died Aug. 16, 1854, New York, N.Y., U.S. Scottish born U.S. furniture designer. His family settled in Albany, N.Y., с 1784; there he became an apprentice cabinetmaker and… …   Universalium

  • Phyfe — /faɪf/ (say fuyf) noun Duncan, 1768–1854, US cabinet maker, born in Scotland; important for making furniture from the designs of Thomas Sheraton and bringing the English Regency style to New York …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dun|can Phyfe — «DUHNG kuhn FYF», designating a style of gracefully proportioned and soundly constructed furniture designed by Duncan Phyfe, 1768 1854, an American cabinetmaker and furniture designer …   Useful english dictionary

  • American Empire (style) — American Empire is a French inspired Neoclassical style of American furniture and decoration that takes its name and originates from the Empire style introduced the First French Empire period under Napoleon s rule. It gained its greatest… …   Wikipedia

  • Chair (sculpture) — Chair Artist Bassett Furniture Year 1959 (1959) Type sculpture Dimensions 590 cm × 370 cm (234 in × 144 in) Location …   Wikipedia

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