NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York switches into high gear on Sunday, January 15, the official start of Americana Week. Before things get too hectic, make a point of visiting “The World of Duncan Phyfe: The Arts of New York, 1800-1847,”at Hirschl & Adler Galleries through February 17.
Gallery president Stuart P. Feld, a longtime enthusiast of American neoclassical design, and his daughter, Elizabeth, managing director of the firm’s decorative arts department, organized this selling exhibition of more than one hundred pieces of furniture, silver, lighting, timepieces, porcelain, painting, prints and sculpture made or used in fashionable New York residences in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Twenty more pieces once sold by Hirschl & Adler have been loaned to the display.
Accompanied by a 150-page illustrated catalogue, the exhibition contrasts furniture made by Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854), New York’s best known cabinetmaker, with examples by or attributed to his contemporaries, notably Charles-Honoré Lannuier, Michael Allison, Thomas Seymour, Joseph Brauwers, Thomas Constantine, J. & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux and Charles A. Baudoine.
Hirschl & Adler’s presentation serves as a pendant to “Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York,” the landmark exhibition jointly organized by Peter Kenny of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Michael Brown of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on view in New York through May 6. Both shows illuminate Phyfe’s underappreciated middle and late periods as never before.
This is the fourth collaboration for Feld and Feld, who are celebrating Hirschl & Adler Galleries’ 60th anniversary. Filling five galleries and two hallways, “The World of Duncan Phyfe” is also the first comprehensive display of decorative arts in Hirschl & Adler’s newly renovated, 13,000 square foot quarters in midtown Manhattan, on the fourth floor of the Crown Building. For that reason and many others, a visit is well worthwhile.
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