New York cabinetmaker Duncan Pyhfe became one of the leading furniture makers in 19th century by organizing the first large scale furniture business. His work became highly sophisticated, making his designs popular in nineteen century dining rooms and parlors in New York City. For six decades, Phyfe constructed furniture that changed the city’s stylish dwelling houses. This discussion with Matthew A. Thurlow, a research associate at The Metropolitan Museum is part of a series that examines New York’s manufacturing heritage and history. This event was held by the General Society.
Posted: September 16th, 2008
From Artisan to Mechanic: Duncan Phyfe & NY’s 19th Century Furniture Trade