J. Thurston, New York, NY
Classical Revival Style Piano, circa 1830 
mahogany veneer, ivory, gilt brass, and iron 
used by Helen Gilchrist Ferris in New York City and Hills Grove, Illinois.
Illinois State Museum collection purchase (1966.16)

Classical Revival Style
The Classical Revival style of furniture was popular during the first half of the nineteenth century. The style is based on decorations used by ancient Greek and Roman artisans and on eighteenth-century French decorative arts. Characteristics of this style include design elements like carved leaves (especially acanthus, papyrus, and anthemion), lions and eagles, and cornucopias. In the United States the most famous maker of Classical Revival style furniture was Duncan Phyfe. Many buildings of the nineteenth century have classical revival style elements such as columns, carved leaves, and friezes.