Side chair, c. 1900

Oak, rush seatexpand_more

The Mrs. Ethelyn Bros Purchase Fundexpand_more  2000.163.3

Not on Viewexpand_more

This English slant-back chair provides a stylistic bridge between E. W. Godwin's early modern "Greek" side chair and Frank Lloyd Wright's severe, angled-back form. While its exact designer remains unknown, its maker, William Birch Ltd., worked in the Arts and Crafts mode. In this piece rustic details such as the rush seat and heart-shaped cutouts (a detail shared, if not borrowed, from C.F.A. Voysey) with the angled backrest extended above the chair's top rail in the exaggerated manner of Wright and the Scottish progressive designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Side chair
Artist Life
High Wycombe, England, est. 1840
H.47-15/16 x W.18-1/8 x D.18-5/16 in.
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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