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Milo M. Naeve
Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Reform Movement in Furniture Design: The J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen Commission of 1882–1885

American Furniture 1996

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1

    Table designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and made by J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen, New York City, 1885. Pine; white enamel paint. H. 28 1/8", W. 39 7/8", D. 48". (Courtesy, ©The Art Institute of Chicago, All rights reserved. Anonymous gift 1981.172)

  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Detail of the bottom of the table illustrated in fig. 1.

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Armchair designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and made by Barnes Brothers for J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen, New York City, 1885. Maple; white enamel paint, leather upholstery. H. 42", W. (seat) 22", D. (seat) 21". (Courtesy, ©The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved. Anonymous gift 1982.65.)

  • Figure 4
    Figure 4

    Rear view of the armchair illustrated in fig. 3.

  • Figure 5
    Figure 5

    Side chair designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and made by Barnes Brothers for J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen, New York City, 1885. Maple; white enamel paint, leather upholstery. H. 40", W. (seat) 17", D. (seat) 19". (Courtesy, ©The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved. Anonymous gift, 1982.60.)

  • Figure 6
    Figure 6

    Rear view of the side chair illustrated in fig. 5.

  • Figure 7
    Figure 7

    Stanford White for McKim, Mead and White, Charles L. Tiffany family residence, 19 East 72d Street (Madison Avenue at 72d Street), New York City, designed 1882, built 1882–1885. Photograph, 6 5/8" x 8 5/8". (Collection of the New-York Historical Society.)

  • Figure 8
    Figure 8

    Breakfast room designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for his apartment in the Charles L. Tiffany residence as it appeared ca. 1885–1900. Illustrated in the Architectural Record 10, no. 2 (October 1900): 195. Illustration, 4 5/8" x 5 3/4". (Courtesy, Ryerson-Burnham Library, Art Institute of Chicago.)

  • Figure 9
    Figure 9

    J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen Order Book, entry for tables and chairs in the breakfast suite designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1882. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, gift of The Magazine Antiques.)

  • Figure 10
    Figure 10

    J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen Order Book, entry for chairs in the breakfast suite designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, May 7, 1885. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, gift of The Magazine Antiques.)    

  • Figure 11
    Figure 11

    J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen Order Book, bill (first page) for the breakfast suite designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, June 5(?), 1885. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, gift of The Magazine Antiques.)

  • Figure 12
    Figure 12

    J. Matthew Meier and Ernest Hagen Order Book, bill (second page) for the breakfast suite designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, June 5(?), 1885. (Collection of the New-York Historical Society, gift of The Magazine Antiques.)

  • Figure 13
    Figure 13

    Side chair, Boston, 1665–1695. Soft maple and red oak. H. 36", W. (seat) 18", D. (seat) 15 1/4". (Courtesy, Winterthur Museum.)

  • Figure 14
    Figure 14

    Drafting room of Hugh Garden (standing), Chicago, ca. 1895. Photograph, 4 3/8" x 4 1/2". (Collection of Mrs. William Dorr.)

  • Figure 15
    Figure 15

    Great chair, Norwich, Connecticut, 1670–1710. Soft maple and black ash. H. 44 1/2", W. (seat) 23 1/2", D. (seat) 17". (Courtesy, ©The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved. Wesley M. Dixon, Jr., Fund, 1985.240.)

  • Figure 16
    Figure 16

    Side chair by Herter Brothers, New York City, ca. 1877–ca. 1879. Maple (stained black) with unidentified inlay woods. H. 37 3/4", W. (seat) 17 3/8", D. (seat) 16 3/4". (Courtesy, ©The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved. The Mrs. Alfred J. Burdick Fund 1973.379.)