Duncan Phyfe antique buffets

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2015-06-26 10:55:34

Duncan Phyfe antique buffets are items of antique dinner furniture produced by Duncan Phyfe.

Background and Description

Duncan Phyfe was a prominent nineteenth century American cabinetmaker. He made sideboard furniture around the early to mid 1800s, in the neoclassical style, interpreting European trends. He defined a whole era of American furnishings by spearheading a neoclassical movement.

‘Duncan Phyfe’ is often used to describe a certain style of furniture rather than the manufacturer himself.

The style is defined by carved or reeded legs and neoclassical motifs.

Buffets can be referred to as sideboards. They were designed for the purpose of displaying and storing silver or other serving dishes, food and sometimes lighting devices. They are made up of cabinets or cupboards with drawers, topped with a flat display service. They gained popularity during the 19th century in households rich enough to dedicate one room purely to dining. Materials generally include mahogany, oak, pine and walnut.

Collecting Duncan Phyfe buffets

Collectors may collect genuine Duncan Phyfe furniture, or the general Duncan Phyfe style of furniture.

Some consider it almost impossible to obtain items of original Duncan Phyfe furniture except through inheritance.

It is very hard to determine whether a Duncan Phyfe is genuine. His works were seldom signed (only around 10-20 pieces with his signature on are known to exist), yet widely imitated for decades. Therefore there are many pieces that describe themselves as Duncan Phyfe, which are in fact not.

Value

Genuine Duncan Phyfe buffets are worth hundreds of thousands.

Duncan Phyfe style buffets can be found for a few hundred, dependant on age, quality, and condition.

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