Mahogany, oak, textile
Overall: 32 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 20 in. ( 83.2 x 51.4 x 50.8 cm )
Mahogany Federal style armchair; scroll back with curved crest rail with five thunderbolts (reeds) tied in a bowknot; reeded stile and lower back rail with reeded double-cross (lattice) back and reeded scroll arms on turned arm supports; horseshoe-shaped seat upholstered over the rail with rose brocade (not original); swept back rear legs and tapered front legs with reeding.
During the first decades of the nineteenth century, Duncan Phyfe was New York City's premier cabinetmaker and established a distinctive New York style that incorporated contemporary European design. Phyfe came to the United States from Scotland in 1784. He settled in Albany before relocating to New York City in 1791. This chair is one of a pair used by the Livingston family of New York. Its double-cross back is similar to those found on a set (now at Winterthur) billed to William Bayard of New York by Phyfe on January 21, 1807.
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
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