Friday, March 29, 2013

New Arrival The Federal Period

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.

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