Duncan Phyfe Library Table ca. 1835-40

Duncan Phyfe was possible the best known of the New York cabinetmakers and designers. He came to the United States late in the 18th Century, first settling in Albany, and then moving to New York City about 1792. He built furniture there until he retired in 1847.

Phyfe was the first to employ the 'factory' method building furniture so much of his work is the result of the efforts of his group, rather than from his own hands.
The library table is an excellent example of his later designs. His earlier works were strongly influenced by Sheraton's designs, then he adapted many French Directories' designs, and finally he developed a style recognizable as his own.

This table, like many of Phyfe's works, was made of rich textured Santo Domingoan mahogany. Phyfe used very little inlay, preferring instead to either select wood for its grain and texture or to use exotic veneers. This table style remained popular for many years and designs similar to it are still manufactured. It was used in many rooms of the home so its name shouldn't mislead you.

My miniature table is a vintage kit from 'House of Miniatures' is in the Town House bathroom.