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This is a uniquely personal account of one man’s adventure in acquiring and bringing back to life some of America’s most enticing and historically-significant dwellings. This book, filled with color photography, serves as a beautiful reminder of the foresight, vision and dedication of one of the country’s most ardent collectors and a challenge to all who care about America’s architectural and artistic heritage.
Duncan Phyfe (1768–1854), known during his lifetime as the “United States Rage,” to this day remains America’s best-known cabinetmaker. Establishing his reputation as a purveyor of luxury by designing high-quality furniture for New York’s moneyed elite, Phyfe would come to count among his clients some of the nation’s wealthiest and most storied families. This richly illustrated volume covers the full chronological sweep of the craftsman’s distinguished career, from his earliest furniture— which bears the influence of his 18th-century British predecessors Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Hope—to his late simplified designs in the Grecian Plain.