Although instances of the conscious re-creation of the past called the Colonial Revival are known from the first half of the nineteenth century, it was the Centennial celebration of the country in 1876 that focused attention on the colonial past. This side chair by Ernest F. Hagen is a rather faithful reproduction of a famous design by Duncan Phyfe (1768–1854), the most famous cabinetmaker in New York in the early nineteenth century. Hagen emigrated from Hamburg, Germany, to New York in 1844 and worked for a number of cabinetmakers before opening his own business that specialized in restoring antique furniture and imitating earlier Neoclassical designs. The desk directly quotes a colonial form—an eighteenth-century Chippendale slant-top desk—but embellishes it with an elaborate Renaissance-style inlaid design.
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- Makers: Ernest F. Hagen Furniture and Antiques; Henry Hagen, 1877-1927
- Medium: Mahogany, metal, modern damask upholstery
- Place Made: New York, New York, United States
- Dates: ca. 1926
- Dimensions: 31 1/4 x 18 x 19 1/2 in. (79.4 x 45.7 x 49.5 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: On back seat rail: white label gummed and printed in black "From / Ernest F. Hagen, / Furniture and Antiques / 213 East 26th St., / New York / [written in pencil] Nov. 1926"; written in pencil directly on seat rail "Mr. Lever / Nov. 1926"
- Signature: no signature
- Inscriptions: no inscriptions
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 64.80.22
- Credit Line: Bequest of H. Randolph Lever
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ernest F. Hagen Furniture and Antiques. Side Chair, ca. 1926. Mahogany, metal, modern damask upholstery, 31 1/4 x 18 x 19 1/2 in. (79.4 x 45.7 x 49.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of H. Randolph Lever, 64.80.22. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Mahogany side chair, Klismos style, lyre back, curved crest rail. Curved back stiles terminating in scroll, sabre legs. Carved lyre with five metal strings. Slip seat upholstered in green damask with lyre motif. Chair branded on front seat rail IIII, seat VI on front support. Condition: Good; two cracks on base of lyre, numerous nicks and finish worn.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)