New York, New York state, United States ca. 1810–1820
Height: 32 1/4 in.
Sack catalogue description: Pair of Classical mahogany harp-back side chairs, the harp motif is a rare and brilliant variation from the more typical lyre splat, crotch veneered crest panels; hairy paw feet, choice bronze patina. Attributed to Duncan Phyfe; ex-collection the late Mitchel Taradash. The integration of the asymmetrical harp into the design is a tour de force that could be attempted only by a master such as Duncan Phyfe; the crotch veneered crest panels and hairy paw feet relate to chairs of Phyfe's handiwork. We know of two other pairs of this form: one pair is illustrated in the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition catalogue, pl. 797, and a second pair is in the Winterthur Museum, illustrated in Montgomery, American Furniture, pl. 74. Related objects: Book: Charles F. Montgomery, American Furniture: The Federal Period in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (New York: Viking Press, 1966), pl. 74. Exhibition catalogue: Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Furniture and Glass, at the American Art Galleries (New York: Girl Scouts, Inc., 1929), no. 797. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 1104, pl. P3968. Book: Alice Winchester, Living With Antiques (New York: Robert McBride and Company, 1948), p. 90. Journal/Periodical: The Magazine Antiques (January 1953): p. 44. ----- YUAG catalogue note: The related pair of harp-back side chairs in the collection of the Winterthur Museum, Delaware, are objects 1957.0717.001–1957.0717.002.
Pair of Classical mahogany harp-back side chairs
Decoration and ornament -- Neoclassical style Furniture -- United States
side chairs (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, June 1974 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.