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Duncan Phyfe Sold at Auction Prices

Painter of Evening Scenes, b. 1768 - d. 1854

Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish-born carpenter credited with introducing European Neoclassicism to the world of American carpentry. Known as the “United States Rage” for his high demand in the U.S.A., Phyfe was highly influential in 19th-century furniture design. The restraint he exercised with balance, proportion, and symmetry came to define the New York carpentry style.

About Duncan Phyfe



  • Artist name: Duncan Phyfe

  • Alias: Duncan Fife, United States Rage

  • Profession: Carpenter

  • Nationality: Scottish


Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish-born carpenter who emigrated to Albany, New York in 1784 with his family at 16 years old. He moved to New York City alone in 1791. By the 1800s, he gained acclaim for introducing European flair to the American carpentry world. He specialized in crafting refined cabinets and tables out of richly colored woods, marble, and metals. One of Phyfe’s best-known pieces of furniture is his early 19th-century classical carved mahogany marble-top pier table, which reflects his frequent use of multiple materials in his carpentry. The balance, restraint, and symmetry of proportions that defined his work came to define the New York carpentry style.

Demand for Phyfe’s furniture pieces was so strong in the early 19th century that he became known as the “United States Rage.” Prior to 1837, he sold furniture under his own name, but that year, he formally partnered with his sons, James Duncan and Michael. The creation of Duncan Phyfe and Sons was short-lived, as Michael died in 1840, so for the brand’s final iteration, it was renamed Duncan Phyfe and Son.

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Highlights and Achievements



  • In 1792, Phyfe was elected into the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen via sponsorship from the cabinetmakers Issac Nichols and Seabury Champlin.

  • His circa-1840 Wedding Cake design drop-leaf table sold for $78,375 in January 2002 via Sotheby's.

  • Historians credit Phyfe as one of the first artists to bring European Neoclassicism to American carpentry.

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        • Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Pedestal Drum Table
          Mar. 09, 2024

          Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Pedestal Drum Table

          Est: $100 - $10,000

          20th Century, Original; 27” height x 21” diameter; green inlay leather top, two drawers, tripod base with brass claw feet, complete with hardware, overall condition is excellent and original, please view photos; Provenance: Lieff Collection

          Mebane Antique Auction
        • A Rare Classical Klismos Window Seat, Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854), New York, Circa 1815
          Jan. 20, 2024

          A Rare Classical Klismos Window Seat, Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854), New York, Circa 1815

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Carved and figured mahogany Height 30 1/2 in. by Width 17 1/4 in. by Depth 61 in. Please note that this lot will not be on view during the sale exhibition. It is located at our Long Island City, New York storage facility. If you would like to examine it in person before the sale please make an appointment with the Americana department at 212-606-7130.

          Sotheby's
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Harp Pie Crust Three Tier Table
          Jan. 15, 2024

          Duncan Phyfe Style Harp Pie Crust Three Tier Table

          Est: -

          28” Tall 3’ Wide, Needs Some Cleaning And Furniture Polish

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table
          Jan. 14, 2024

          Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table

          Est: $50 - $100

          A Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Drop Leaf Table with normal scratches and wear for age. Fully opened measures 61in. L. x 40in. W. x 30in. H. With leafs dropped, top is 24in. W. x 40in. L. All feet have brass caps.

          Searchlight / Saucon Valley Auctions
        • Duncan Phyfe Walnut Drop Leaf Table with Chairs
          Dec. 11, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Walnut Drop Leaf Table with Chairs

          Est: -

          Includes two harp back chairs and it includes a extension leaf

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Flip Top Console Table
          Dec. 02, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Flip Top Console Table

          Est: -

          Walnut Table In Used Condition And Measures 30in X 36in X 18in. Nr30097 Ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Mahogany Wall Mirror
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Mahogany Wall Mirror

          Est: -

          Used Condition And Measures 38in X 49in. Bh14953 Ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • DUNCAN PHYFE Style Pair Vintage Wooden Side Chairs
          Sep. 27, 2023

          DUNCAN PHYFE Style Pair Vintage Wooden Side Chairs

          Est: $40 - $200

          Side chairs have DUNCAN PHYFE Style. Each piece is possibly cherry. Each chairs has light orange toned seat upholstery. Top of backrests each have carved floral & leaf detail. Each measures approximately 33 inches tall 18 inches wide 22 inches deep. Chairs, side chairs, vintage chairs, vintage furniture, homewares, home furnishings, dining chairs, wooden chairs. 6 chairs

          The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Mahogany Wall Mirror
          Sep. 23, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Mahogany Wall Mirror

          Est: -

          Used condition and measures 38in x 49in. Bh14953 ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY HAND PAINTED TILT TOP TABLE
          Aug. 27, 2023

          DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY HAND PAINTED TILT TOP TABLE

          Est: -

          MID-CENTURY, HAS THE BRASS CLAW FEET CAPS, 4 SPLAYED LEGS, SINGLE TURNED CENTER PEDESTAL, TOP IS PAINTED W/ AN URN W/ FLOWERS & LEAVES W/ MUTED TANS, REDS, & GREENS IN THE CENTER, OVERALL DESIGN IN THE CORNERS & CENTER OF EACH SIDE , TOP IS 27" SQUARE W/ ROUNDED CORNERS, ROUTED SIDE EDGE, AS IT SITS TILTED UP, THE TABLE IS 40 1/2" TALL, FLAT IT IS 28 1/2" TALL, UNMARKED, HAS SOME FINISH LOSS ON THE EDGE, BRASS CAPS ARE TARNISHED, A FEW LIGHT SCRATCHES ON THE TOP

          ISAYSOLD Auction Services
        • Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency
          Jul. 15, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency

          Est: $200 - $400

          by Nancy McClelland, New York: William R. Scott Inc., 1939, numbered 339 of 350 copies signed by the author and bound in Regency fabric, with slip case Provenance: Private North Carolina Collection

          Brunk Auctions
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Wood Drum Table
          Jul. 01, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Wood Drum Table

          Est: -

          Used condition and measures 28in x 28in x 28in. 400 ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Wood Pedestal Accent Table
          Jul. 01, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Wood Pedestal Accent Table

          Est: -

          Used condition and measures 19in x 16in x 24in. Kt20045 ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • DUNCAN PHYFE STYLE UPHOLSTERED SOFA
          Jun. 30, 2023

          DUNCAN PHYFE STYLE UPHOLSTERED SOFA

          Est: $150 - $300

          DUNCAN PHYFE STYLE UPHOLSTERED SOFA

          Dennis Auction Service
        • Duncan Phyfe
          Jun. 25, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe

          Est: -

          Duncan Phyfe Dining Table with 3 leaves

          Graystone Auctions LLC
        • Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Turn Top Card Table
          Jun. 13, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Turn Top Card Table

          Est: -

          Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Turn Top Card Table 32" x 32" x30"

          Apple Tree Auction Center
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Pie Crust Table
          Apr. 17, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Pie Crust Table

          Est: -

          20” diameter 30” tall two tier pie crust top table

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Two Tier Table
          Apr. 03, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Two Tier Table

          Est: -

          30” tall with reeded edges

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Oval Table
          Apr. 03, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Oval Table

          Est: -

          28” tall 17” x 4’ top

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Round Table
          Apr. 03, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Round Table

          Est: -

          23” tall 25” diameter

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Two Tier Table Plus Contents
          Feb. 06, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Two Tier Table Plus Contents

          Est: -

          28” tall 21” diameter two tier table plus what's on it

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Lift & Swivel Top Table
          Feb. 06, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Style Lift & Swivel Top Table

          Est: -

          29” tall 30” wide lift and swivel top table with reeded fancy claw feet

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • A CLASSICAL BRASS-MOUNTED AND ROSEWOOD-VENEERED MARBLE-TOP PIER TABLE ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1768-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1820
          Jan. 20, 2023

          A CLASSICAL BRASS-MOUNTED AND ROSEWOOD-VENEERED MARBLE-TOP PIER TABLE ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1768-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1820

          Est: $20,000 - $40,000

          A CLASSICAL BRASS-MOUNTED AND ROSEWOOD-VENEERED MARBLE-TOP PIER TABLE ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1768-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1820 underside of marble top with handwritten inscription in graphite /N1; /exterior of rear rail with handwritten inscription in graphite /Jay/ 36 5/8 in. high, 40 in. wide, 19 1/2 in. deep Read more

          Christie's
        • Duncan Phyfe Extension drop leaf table /one leaf
          Jan. 14, 2023

          Duncan Phyfe Extension drop leaf table /one leaf

          Est: $100 - $200

          36" x 26" closed 36" x 56" open minor scuff marks on top

          Heritage Antiques & Auction
        • Federal Style Drop Leaf Dining Table w/ Pads
          Dec. 17, 2022

          Federal Style Drop Leaf Dining Table w/ Pads

          Est: -

          Walnut Table With Cherry Finish And Brass Ferrule Feet Caps. In Used Condition And Measures Approximately 28in X 56in X 40in When Opened. Includes Leaves. Bh14797 Ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Drum Table
          Dec. 03, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Drum Table

          Est: -

          Used condition and measures approximately 28in x 28in x 28in. Bh14796 ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Drum Table
          Dec. 03, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Influenced Pedestal Drum Table

          Est: -

          Used condition and measures approximately 26inches tall w a diameter of 24in. Bh14796 ch

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Table & Lamp Lot
          Nov. 28, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Style Table & Lamp Lot

          Est: -

          20” tall 14” diameter table and a ornate table lamp to go on it.

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe double pedestal drop leaf table
          Oct. 15, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe double pedestal drop leaf table

          Est: $80 - $160

          16" drops, 58" L x 40" W x 29 1/2" T

          Heritage Antiques & Auction
        • DUNCAN PHYFE ROUND MAHOGANY LAMP TABLE W/ SINGLE DRAWER
          Sep. 11, 2022

          DUNCAN PHYFE ROUND MAHOGANY LAMP TABLE W/ SINGLE DRAWER

          Est: -

          BRASS LION'S HEAD PULL ON THE DRAWER, SINGLE PEDESTAL BASE W/ 4 BRASS CLAW TIPPED LEGS, TOP IS 27 3/4" DIA X 28" TALL, MADE BY LYON MFG. MEMPHIS TN, 1959, MISSING SOME VENEER TRIM ON THE DRAWER FACE, TOP HAS A SCUFF IN THE FINISH, SOME SCUFFS ON THE LEGS & OVERALL, FADED ON THE TOP

          ISAYSOLD Auction Services
        • DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY BUFFET
          Sep. 11, 2022

          DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY BUFFET

          Est: -

          5 DRAWERS & 2 SIDE DOORS, ORIGINAL PULLS, 2 TOP DRAWERS ARE DIVIDED FOR FLATWARE, 3 CENTER DRAWERS, 2 FOR LINENS, BOTTOM DRAWER IS DEEP, 1 1/2" TALL BACK SPLASH, EACH DOOR HAS A SHELF INSIDE, 61 1/2" WIDE X 20" DEEP X 38 1/2" TALL AT THE BACK, MISSING SOME TRIM ON THE LEFT & RIGHT EDGES UNDER THE TOP, FINISH ON THE TOP IS MARRED, SOME SCUFFS & WEAR OVERALL

          ISAYSOLD Auction Services
        • DUNCAN PHYFE STYLE UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR W/ NAIL HEAD TRIM
          Sep. 11, 2022

          DUNCAN PHYFE STYLE UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR W/ NAIL HEAD TRIM

          Est: -

          MAHOGANY FINISH ON THE WOOD FRAME, PEACH COLORED TEXTURED WOVEN FABRIC, NAILHEAD TRIM ON THE BACK, ARMS AND AROUND THE SEAT, 35" TALL AT THE BACK, SEAT IS 24" WIDE, SOME WEAR ON THE FINISH OVERALL, UPHOLSTERY HAS SOME FADING

          ISAYSOLD Auction Services
        • DUNCAN PHYFE DOUBLE PEDESTAL MAHOGANY DINING TABLE
          Aug. 21, 2022

          DUNCAN PHYFE DOUBLE PEDESTAL MAHOGANY DINING TABLE

          Est: -

          TABLE IS 56" LONG, 38" WIDE, 29 1/2" TALL, TRIPLE FOOTED PEDESTALS WITH BRASS CAPS, WILL ACCOMMODATE LEAVES, TOP DOES HAVE SOME REPAIRS, HAS A VENEER REPAIR, VENEER LOSS ON THE EDGES, 70" LONG WITH A LEAF, TOP HAS FINISH LOSS.   

          ISAYSOLD Auction Services
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Round Table
          Aug. 08, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Style Round Table

          Est: -

          28” tall with glass top

          Frio Stack & Associates
        • Duncan Phyfe Drop Table
          Jul. 17, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Drop Table

          Est: -

          Pick up on-site at house location cross street 91st ave & Thunderbird

          R & R Auction INC
        • Duncan Phyfe Side Chair
          Jun. 17, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Side Chair

          Est: $5 - $100

          Good condition overall

          Plain City Auction
        • Duncan Phyfe Mahogany China Cabinet.
          May. 28, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Mahogany China Cabinet.

          Est: $100 - $150

          Flame Mahogany. Has a water Mark Ring on the Top. It Measures 36" Wide, 75" Tall, and 16" Deep. Third-Party Freight Shipping or Personal Pickup Required.

          Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
        • Duncan Phyfe Style Leather Top Writing Table
          May. 21, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Style Leather Top Writing Table

          Est: -

          Used condition table that measures approximately 29in x 38in x 25in. Does have some stains. Bh14710 ch.

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table
          Mar. 06, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table

          Est: -

          30.5 inches tall 45.5 inches wide opened

          R & R Auction INC
        • Duncan Phyfe style drop leaf dining table.
          Feb. 11, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe style drop leaf dining table.

          Est: $75 - $150

          Duncan Phyfe style drop leaf dining table.

          Link Auction Galleries
        • A FEDERAL MAHOGANY VENEERED AND TAMBOUR WORK TABLE POSSIBLY DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810
          Jan. 21, 2022

          A FEDERAL MAHOGANY VENEERED AND TAMBOUR WORK TABLE POSSIBLY DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          A FEDERAL MAHOGANY VENEERED AND TAMBOUR WORK TABLE POSSIBLY DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810 28 3⁄4 in. high, 24 3⁄4 in. wide, 12.3.4 in. deep

          Christie's
        • A PAIR OF FEDERAL MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810
          Jan. 21, 2022

          A PAIR OF FEDERAL MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          A PAIR OF FEDERAL MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS ATTRIBUTED TO DUNCAN PHYFE (1770-1854), NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810 32 1⁄4 in. high

          Christie's
        • Duncan Phyfe dining room set
          Jan. 15, 2022

          Duncan Phyfe dining room set

          Est: $100 - $200

          set includes table and 4 chairs 1 arm chair with upholstered back and 3 side chairs with wooden backs upholstery needs cleaned table is 52" L x 36" W x 29 1/2" T NO leaf

          Heritage Antiques & Auction
        • DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY WORK TABLE
          Dec. 18, 2021

          DUNCAN PHYFE MAHOGANY WORK TABLE

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Banded top with gadroon edge over (3) graduating drawers, a single drawer and (2) faux sides raised on an egg molded pedestal and saber legs with brass lion paw casters. 29 x 16 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches.

          John McInnis Auctioneers
        • Duncan Phyfe Games Table with Brass Gallery
          Nov. 20, 2021

          Duncan Phyfe Games Table with Brass Gallery

          Est: $200 - $300

          Duncan Phyfe Games Table with Brass Gallery. Table with lyre form base and Tiger Maple veneer top. Measures 30.5 inches x 31 inches x 21 inches.

          Greenwich Auction
        • DUNCAN PHYFE COFFEE TABLE
          Nov. 13, 2021

          DUNCAN PHYFE COFFEE TABLE

          Est: $35 - $65

          18 X 24 X 18 GOOD SHAPE

          Dees Auction Company,LLC
        • DUNCAN PHYFE GAME TABLE
          Nov. 13, 2021

          DUNCAN PHYFE GAME TABLE

          Est: $25 - $45

          15 X 30 X 29 NEEDS WORK

          Dees Auction Company,LLC
        • Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Dining Table
          Oct. 31, 2021

          Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Dining Table

          Est: -

          drop leaf

          R & R Auction INC
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