Live Auction

Americana and Other Related Wares

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 11:00AM EST
Lot 13

Fine and Rare Small Federal Carved Mahogany Sofa, Attributed to the Workshop of Duncan Phyfe, New York

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for
Sold Price excludes BP

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

The reeded and scrolled paneled crest rail centering a panel with carved adorsed cornucopia, flanked by panels with carved fasces, flanked by reeded scrolled arms continuing to a reeded seat rail, on scrolled and reeded sabre legs with carved paw feet, on casters. Upholstered in muslin.

32 3/4 x 62 x 26 in.

Note: This piece is largely based on Duncan Phyfe's larger sofa, Nancy McClelland, D. Phyfe Cabinet Maker, 1939, see plate 151. The image in McClelland's book has swags in place of fasces on the top rail. The use of the fasces motif is rare in New York furniture, and only one other sofa is known to have this carving. Cf. David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings and Silver in the Bayou Bend Collection, (Houston, 1975), p. 81, no. 152.


Wear is consistent with age and use. Minor nicks and chips, metal reinforced back left leg with age splits. Structurally sound.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.