Mchugh Mission Furniture Company



2015-06-26 10:39:26

The Mchugh Mission Furniture Company is an American furniture manufacturer based in New York.


Joseph McHugh, a New York furniture manufacturer, first coined the term "Mission Furniture" to describe furniture which was made along simple, sturdy lines, with straight backs, and of solid construction, most usually of oak.

It was the antithesis of the flamboyant, ornate styles popular during the Victorian era. The "Mission" furniture produced in the last decade of the 19th century by McHugh was copied from furniture made by A. J. Forbes for the Swedenborgian church in San Francisco.

By 1898, McHugh was retailing a complete line of furniture including desks, beds, chairs and tables.

The style is strongly associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Guide For Collectors

Mission Era Furniture is a website which sells antique Mission Style furniture and accessories by various manufacturers.

Mission Style Furniture Online contains valuable information for the collector as it discusses not only the background to the Arts and Crafts movement, but points to the differences between Mission Style furniture produced by different manufacturers. This is of use if a collection of McHugh pieces is desired because the simple, plain lines and use of planed oak can blur the differences.

The website also has a blog, with a facility to leave comments and discussions.

While Mission style antique furniture is relatively easy to find, it is more difficult to find pieces which are verified as being by McHugh. The website We Got Period Antiques would be useful in tracing these as it has an online auction facility, and a wide range of Arts and Crafts antiques.


Mission style furniture is enjoying a revival of interest because it's simple designs fit flexibly into a variety of decors.

In December 2004 a McHugh Oak Sidechair was sold at auction for $110 by Clars Auction Gallery.

In February 2012 a McHugh side-chair in excellent original condition, with a rush seat, was offered for sale by Eastwood Gallery at the price of $650.

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