Friday, March 29, 2013
The Federal style is at its most suave and elegant in the furniture of Duncan Phyfe, a Scotch cabinetmaker who arrived in New York about 1795. He did not originate a style; he translated prevailing fashions into fine craftsmanship. Thomas Sheraton, then the current English favorite, and the French Directoire cabinetmakers set the style. All these designers were profoundly influenced by a rediscovery of the classic splendors of Greece and Italy. Our sofa is from 1939 and boasting of the original fabric in a lovely mint green.