Fine and Rare American Classical Carved, Gilded and Stenciled Rosewood Vitrine, c. 1830, New York, molded cornice, arched beveled glass door, shelf interior with mirrored back, pier table-form base with triple mirror back, columnar supports, shaped lower plinth, elaborately carved feather mounted paw feet, h. 80 in., w. 36 1/2 in., d. 17 in. Provenance: Julie de Fazande Yokum van Calsem, Casa Hove, New Orleans; New Orleans Antiquarian Collection. Note: The stunning vitrine shown here is a superb example of the elegant Grecian style of New York cabinetmakers such as Duncan Phyfe, Michael Allison, and Charles-Honoré Lannuier. The base of the vitrine shares many characteristics with New York pier tables, including the overall form and proportions, elaborate allegorical gilt stencil decoration, and winged hairy paw feet.
A rare form among American Classical furniture, this vitrine shares a similar configuration with a bookcase made by Phyfe for North Carolina architect Robert Donaldson. Interestingly, an account of Donaldson’s furniture written by his daughter in 1928 describes his furniture as “all Duncan Phyfes” and describes “the cabinet pier table in parlor,” a reference to the pier table base of the related piece.
Ref.: Brown, Michael K. and Peter M. Kenny. Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011, pp. 209-210.