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A Carved Mahogany Egyptian Revival Armchair, New York, c.1860, Herter Brothers

According to Robert Bishop in The American Chair, (p.387), the Egyptian revival movement received its impetus in America from "Cleopatra's Needle" which was a sculptured obelisk installed in New York's Central Park. Internationally, there was a great interest in the Middle East (Egypt) at the latter part of the 19th century with the opening of the Suez Canal, and many forms of art took eastern inspiration, i.e. Verdi's opera, Aida. Though this was a relatively short-lived style, forms of furniture expressing Eastern themes were produced not only by Herter Bros. but by Pottier & Stymus and Roux. This chair, we feel, comes closest to the work of the Herter Brothers. For example, see below for the armchair illustrated in Herter Brothers: Furniture for a Gilded Age. Note the very large full sculptural carving as well as the over upholstered front seat rail with side rails exposed. Another example with Egyptian heads is illustrated in Nineteenth Century Furniture: Innovation, Revival and Reform, (see below). However, the form and construction of our chair follows closer to the Herter Brothers example. This chair is superbly crafted and carved by the hand of a master. Aside from the superb Pharaoh carving, note the beautifully sculpted feet and the side seat rails, which are carved and bowed out at the center, giving a very commodious and gracious feeling. Although there is a lot going on, this is not an especially large chair, and certainly is a wonderful library chair with character. This is not a refinished piece; it retains its original wood surface and brass mounts throughout. It is one of the finest of its type. Height: 38 in. Seat Height: 15 in. Width: 28 1/2 in. Depth: 24 in. The American ChairRead more

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An Exceptionally Fine Carved Lyre Mahogany Window Seat, New York

As Peter Kenny, curator of American Furniture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, talks about in his recent book on Duncan Phyfe: without Hagen, we wouldn't know of Phyfe and his work. It seems Hagen bought Phyfe's tools, etc. and continued to make Phyfe style furniture for the boutique clients in New York that already had Phyfe material and wanted to add to or repair. No doubt, Hagen was a master. Take a good look at the close-up of the carving on the crest rail...it doesn't get better. In fact, one has to turn it over and carefully investigate to see it's not the work of Phyfe. What makes this window seat particularly interesting is the letter from Phyfe's son discussing this chair as a potential purchase for a client of his, and illustrated it with a picture. We have the original letter, which will accompany this piece. This letter, from Hagen's son, who was also a furniture maker, gives this piece historical significance, and shows its historical context. We acquired a pair of card tables by Hagen's son from the same source as this seat, which also have additional communication to his client. See item #sw01684. Phyfe window seats come on the market from time to time, but one with lyres is especially desirable, and one with carved crests such as these is over the top. It's the best of the best and in perfect condition. We have French polished and reupholstered the slip-in seat. The letter from Hagen's son accompanies this piece: Sunday – March 19, 1931 Mr. Lee McCanluis – 15 Broad – Dear Mr. McCanluis Have just got on track of a Duncan Phyfe Window Seat but with Lyre back in place of the Medallion made in our shop by my father about 45 years ago. A beautiful specimen in good condition ---- old phyfe pieces of this type are very rare and bring most any price – think I can sell it for about 250 not over – would not care about making a reproduction (like this for less than 550. You cannot afford to loose it - If you want it – Please let me know at once—by mail—as I may not be in to get phone messages. Have the option on it for another day and must act quick. Mark envelope – E. L. Hagen / 213 East 26 / New York / > Store, See item #sw01684, Sunday – March 19, 1931 Mr. Lee McCanluis – 15 Broad – Dear Mr. McCanluis Have just got on track of a Duncan Phyfe Window Seat but with Lyre back in place of the Medallion made in our shop by my father about 45 years ago. A beautiful specimen in good condition ---- old phyfe pieces of this type are very rare and bring most any price – think I can sell it for about 250 not over – would not care about making a reproduction (like this for less than 550. You cannot afford to loose it - If you want it – Please let me know at once—by mail—as I may not be in to get phone messages. Have the option on it for another day and must act quick. Mark envelope – E. L. Hagen / 213 East 26 / New York / > Store, > Store, wheat & bow & knot carving upholstered seat, no cane seat on frame lifts out. full length over all – 45 inches rest regular chair height same as the medalion backs & others in office Leaved Lyre & outline as Plate V D. Phyfe book, page 15 only Lyre in place of medalion backRead more

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24 200 GBP

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