Information About Duncan Phyfe Settee?

September 24, 2021

An upholstered settee.Can anyone tell me anything about this piece? All I know is it's a Duncan Phyfe Settee in good condition, No rips at all, does look like it may have some fading. Thank you all so very much.


An upholstered settee.
The legs of an upholstered settee.
The arm of an upholstered settee.
The legs on an upholstered settee.


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I found one that looks almost identical--although I can't see if yours has the rick-rack trim. It sold in 2017 for $51.

It does not say what city it sold in--and furniture sales are very regional and driven by supply and demand so that was the value in that region.

If it is an exact match, the 2017 price is still very close to the market value (for that region) today because furniture values have not appreciated much in the past 5 years, sadly because the supply continues to grow and the demand doesn't.


Now--question--Does yours have an actual Duncan Phyfe marking on it? Any labels or markings at all?

The one Judy shared could be an accurate price for a true DF piece which would have been made in the 19th century. That value is unheard of for a DF style piece--at least I have never seen a style piece sell for over a few hundred my market in the eastern US. Maybe style pieces sell higher in mega cities like LA or NYC.

Please know, there are sellers out there that try to pass off a DF style piece for a real DF piece and that makes me crazy. Style pieces are anything made after the man (Duncan Phyfe) died--so late 1800s to today.

Almost impossible to tell by pictures, but my guess is your piece is a style piece from the 1940s, but this style cycles through and it could be as late as the 1980s. This shade of pink was quite the hot color in the 1980s, although this could be the reupholstered that adds a layer to the valuing also--how good was the reupholstery if it was redone.


I suggest having a vintage furniture dealer look at it in person if possible to see what we cannot--which is the structure and the actual condition (and if there are markings that you may not have seen). They will looking at how arms and legs are affixed, type of screws etc. and they can tell you the value for your area.

Post back with what you learn!! I hope you have a REAL DF piece! That would be cool!! I can honestly say in almost 50 years of being a reseller, I have never seen a REAL piece except in a museum...but maybe I am just not lucky!

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September 24, 20210 found this helpful

This one looks very similar to yours and the asking price is $21,000!

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September 27, 20210 found this helpful

Duncan Phyfe and his talented craftsmen produced an impressive collection of quality furniture. Sofas had finely carved legs and damask upholstery.


During the early 20th century, American furniture makers began marketing reproduction Duncan Phyfe furniture. These Duncan Phyfe style items often resemble original Duncan Phyfe pieces and have largely retained their value. A reproduced Duncan Phyfe dining-room set from the early to mid-1900s recently sold for thousands of dollars.
The Price of original Duncan Phyfe sofas is $ 1130.
Yours is clearly not the original Duncan Phyfe settee.
You have Duncan Phyfe style in design loveseat / settee, with metal claw caps on the feet.

I found velvet Duncan Phyfe style loveseat with metal Claw Feet, price $ 200
Very elegant Duncan Phyfe style loveseat / settee in very good original condition, reupholstered with a high quality damask fabric, with brass-finish lion claws on the feet sold for $ 400 -Couch-Sofa-With-Claw-162242200265.html


I found Duncan Phyfe style loveseat. wd. 60 in., estimated price $ 150-250
Duncan Phyfe Style Love Seat with new upholstery $ 365

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