Second Growth Furniture

I spotted this ad yesterday for “Colonial work tables.” As this early 20th Century ad has demonstrated, the classical/colonial style has remained popular with peaks and valleys for a long time. I was watching an episode of Mad Men last night and the 1960s dining room was decorated with Phyfe-looking furniture. Once we get to the 1950s, the reproductions are easier to discern than the originals, but the pieces shown in this advertisement may be more commonly mistaken for first-period pieces. That’s not to say reproductions are never desirable. Ernest Hagen and Louis Comfort Tiffany both made repr0ductions that are quite valuable today.

Tiffany Chair

From Baltimore Museum of Art

Hagan Chair

From Brooklyn Museum

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