This is the shop and warehouse of Duncan Phyfe, on Fulton Street in New York City c.1816. I think that must be his home on the right, otherwise why have it in the painting? Duncan Phyfe was a very successful cabinet maker in the early 19th Century and the first American to have a furniture style named after him, though not in his time. I’d love to have seen the City in this time period–look at all that sky! I also love the person peering out of the attic window.


This is the house, shop, and warehouse of David Alling on Broad Street in Newark, New Jersey c.1835 (attributed to Johann Jenny). David Alling was a tremendously prolific “fancy chair” maker (yeah,that’s a thing) and exporter who made tens of thousands of chairs and shipped them all over the south and mid-west. I love the bare trees in this painting, and all of the details.


And guess what, here’s my house and showroom in Lambertville, New Jersey c.2013. The sign is hidden by the still-leafy tree. It makes me happy to share something with these craftsmen and shop keeps of the past, who lived and worked and made furniture right there in the same place. It’s a rare thing these days for furniture to be designed, made, and sold by the same person in one place.


5 responses

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  2. treefrogdemon

    What a beautiful house – I love the big bay window on the second floor (that’s my second floor, your third). And the verandah! Claire never said you had a verandah!

    September 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    • Thank you, we never go out on it, there is no deck or railing, but some day we will.

      September 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  3. Yan jing's Family

    A rare thing! Indeed. We feel so honored to have your work in our home. And, in my brother’s home. Something so precious to pass to future generations.

    David and Claire are Lambertville’s National Living Treasures!

    Thanks for sharing pics of Duncan Phyfe’s home and David Alling’s home. I wonder where in Newark was Alling’s home?

    We love Antick!

    September 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you so much! David Alling’s shop was on Broad Street. I’ll add that to the post.

      September 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

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