Attributed to Harvey Ellis (American, 1852–1904)
Side Chair, 1903–04
Oak with brass and copper inlay, leather, and rope
42 5/8 × 16 3/4 × 19 3/4 in. (108.27 × 42.55 × 50.17 cm)
Gift of Nicole and William Teweles, Virginia and Robert V. Krikorian, Constance P. and Dudley J. Godfrey, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fuldner, and the Erich C. Stern Fund in memory of Lucia K. Stern M1990.1
This chair’s back shows a stylized tulip motif in bronze and copper, a rare example of the Craftsman Workshops using decorative inlays, an embellishment more in line with European than American designs at this time. The chair nonetheless retains hallmarks of Craftsman furniture, iconic for its fumed wood, solid straight lines, and spare forms. Wisconsin-born furniture designer Gustav Stickley (1858–1942) founded the Craftsman Workshops, in 1901, and his name is synonymous with the American Arts and Crafts movement. During its heyday, Stickley's empire spanned furniture production, home design and construction, and a highly influential arts magazine called The Craftsman.
Jones, Virginia M. "The Spirit of the Times: American Arts and Crafts Furniture." UWM Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1993, cat. no. 24, b/w repro.
"The Spirit of the Times: American Arts and Crafts Furniture," UWM Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, September 17-October 24, 1993.
"Recent Acquisitions," Milwaukee Art Museum, June 6-September 22, 1991.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.