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A Carved Mahogany Classical Sofa with Curule legs, Phyfe workshop, c.1810


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This sofa has a beautifully carved crest rail with a deep, dry old surface that has been left alone for many years. The carving is quintessential Phyfe, and the shape of the crest rail, which strongly arches back, is a key trait. This type of curule foot is extremely rare and interestingly, gives the entire sofa a very springy and light lift. This sofa is in a fine state of preservation.

Many sofas relate to this form. Shown below are two Phyfe sofas illustrated in Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, which show Phyfe's use of this carved crest rail and curule feet.

We have newly reupholstered this sofa. The entire upholstered foundation is rebuilt by Manfred Woerner, an upholsterer used by museums in the area; he is the best…and this sofa deserves it.

Height: 33 1/2 in. Length: 92 in. Depth: 26 1/4 in.
$28,000
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