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 Duncan Phyfe

Duncan Phyfe

Birth
Scotland
Death 16 Aug 1854 (aged 85–86)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 78, Lot 9034
Memorial ID 808 · View Source
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Early American Furniture Maker. His skills as a furniture manufacturer allowed him to incorporate fashionable European trends into an exclusive style of American furnishings. He was born Duncan Fife in Scotland, near Loch Fannich, and emigrated with his family to Albany, New York in 1784, where he served as a cabinetmaker's apprentice. He moved to New York City, New York, in 1791, working with established cabinetmakers Isaac Nichols and Seabury Champlin in the furniture manufacturing trade. In 1794, he changed the spelling of his last name to the more classical-looking Phyfe and opened his own business, making Neoclassical furniture for the social and mercantile elite of New York City, Philadelphia, and the American South. Demands for his furniture reached its peak between 1805 and 1820, but remained a dominant figure in the trade until 1847, when he retired. Between 1837 and 1847, he took his sons, Michael and James Phyfe as business partners. He never wavered from the Neoclassical style of furniture making, even when the emerging historical revival furniture styles, such as Gothic and Rococo, gained popularity around 1840. He died in New York City, New York.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 808
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Duncan Phyfe (1768–16 Aug 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 808, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .