HEPWORTH DUNCAN PHYFE VINTAGE WALNUT DINING ROOM TABLE [SOLD]
This Duncan Phyfe Style Vintage Walnut Drop Leaf Dining Room Table is of Canadian manufacture and was made by the Hepworth Furniture Company, South Hampton, Ontario and dates approximately 1937.
This great vintage Duncan Phyfe style walnut drop-leaf dining room table is classical elegance that has transcended time and combines yesteryear furniture style with today's modernism styles of classic modern elegance. Such chic style has never faded into the past and is still prevalent even in modern day furniture stores. This table has a fold-a-way leaf, also known as a butterfly leaf that recesses and two side fold down leaves. When opened up, the signature (paper label) underneath the butterfly is exposed as will be illustrated in one of the accompanying photos. Each flared and reeded sloped leg has a straight solid brass cap at the end. The corners of the table are rounded.
COMMENT: Classic Elegance of yesteryear meets toady's contemporary home decor! This particular style has been in vogue since Duncan Phyfe first created this design for dining room tables in 1850s. The style is so popular that it is still being reproduced by many furniture factories. Because of its uniqueness as a space saver, a dining room table designed as such is ideal all the way from a dinner for two to the formal sit down dinner for six. Long live the Duncan Phyfe Table!
FURNITURE COMPANY & HISTORY: Hepworth Manufacturing Company, Hepworth/Southampton, Ontario.
The Hepworth Manufacturing Company was organized in 1898 by a group of local businessmen to link together a number of small saw mills on the site of the Charles Withun sawmill. Charles Withun had been employed at Knechtel Furniture of Hanover. Bedroom suites, sideboards, tables and
game boards were produced. Hepworth Furniture employed a large number of people in the village, until they moved
to Southampton in 1937. The company specialized in a line of inexpensive bedroom and dinette furniture but closed in 1974.
This above little history is taken from link: www.brucemuseum.ca/wp-content/uploads/furniture-factories.pdf
THE STYLE DUNCAN PHYFE? Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish cabinet maker who went to America in the late 18th. century. He eventually settled in New York and ran a cabinet shop until he retired in 1847. For some unknown reason a particular type of Colonial Revival table with curved legs acquired the erroneous name Duncan Phyfe in the early 20th century. It is true that Phyfe used this element in some of his work but so did almost every other cabinet maker of the period. Phyfe also worked in all the styles of his time including Federal, Empire and early Rococo. The table is actually based on an English pedestal table of the 18th century.
Tables like this one were made by most manufacturers of Colonial Revival furniture from the 1920s to the 1960s. You can see any number of them in the book American Manufactured Furniture by Don Fredgant, Schiffer Publishing, a compilation of manufacturers advertising to dealers for the model year 1929. Similar chairs and table are also shown on pages 101 and 102 of by Swedberg, Collector Books. They are also dated into the 1940s.
Basic Length: 26" (butterfly leaf recessed and both side drop leaves down)
Middle Length: 36" (with butterfly center leaf exposed and two drop leaves down)
Total Length: 74" (left to right, recessed butterfly leaf exposed or opened with two side leaves up or opened)
Width: 37.75" (front to back)
Length: 18" (each drop leaf measures)
Total Height: 30"
CONDITION: Very good! There is natural patina and one small water-glass ring on one of the drop leaves which can be easily fixed.
ITEM NUMBER: PFTP500076
SALE PRICE: $440.00
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