Research: Luce Center for American Art

Side Chair
Accession #64.80.22
Maker Ernest F. Hagen Furniture and Antiques
Maker Henry Hagen
TitleSide Chair
Dateca. 1926
MediumMahogany, metal, modern damask upholstery
Dimensions31 1/4 x 18 x 19 1/2 in. (79.4 x 45.7 x 49.5 cm)
MarksOn 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"
Inscriptionsno inscriptions
Signedno signature
Credit LineBequest of H. Randolph Lever
LocationAmerican Identities: Centennial Era
DescriptionMahogany 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.

Curatorial Remarks: This side chair is an intentional, faithful copy of a chair made more than one hundred years earlier by the famous New York City cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe. Made out of the same expensive materials as the original Phyfe chair, it is an example of the Colonial Revival style that began about the time of the United States centennial in 1876 and continued well into the twentieth century. Out of a desire to define themselves and their place in the world, Americans began to look back proudly to their past. They then began to build colonial-style houses and fill them with early American–style furniture such as this chair.