Tall-backed chair with geometric and organic openwork design on chairback; brown leather seat cover

Dining chair, 1910

In 1909, architects Purcell and Feick visted Mrs. T.B. Keith to discuss modernizing her nineteenth century home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1910, George Elmslie designed a dining room suite, including a table and at least eight chairs, that undoubtedly gave the Keith home a contemporary feel. The elaborate seat back of this chair demonstrates Elmslie's facility at translating stylized organic ornament into sawed wood. Elmslie produced similar suites for other clients, including himself and E.L. Powers of Minneapolis. The Keith's suite, however, is the only one known to survive intact, having remained in the family until its donation to The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [insert photo of table and 5 chairs here - MIA media #38478]

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Purcell & Elmslie, Dining Chair (#259)
Details
Title
Dining chair
Artist Life
(born Scotland), 1869–1952
Role
Designer
Accession Number
99.62.6
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Tall-backed chair with geometric and organic openwork design on chairback; brown leather seat cover