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Side Chair

Date: ca. 1878-1880
34 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (87.6 x 39.4 x 45.1 cm.)
Medium: rosewood
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from the Art Collectors' Council
Object Number: 2002.15
Label Text:The British Arts and Crafts style found its way to America through the importation of British products and the adaptation of British designs. This chair is based on a design by Henry William Batley, an English designer working for Collinson and Lock, a London firm established in 1870 to manufacture and market "art furniture" on a commercial scale. This particular chair, with its slender spindles and delicate embellishments, reflects the influence of both the Anglo-Japanesque style made popular by the British Arts and Crafts designer E.W. Godwin in the 1870s and the popular line of lightweight "Sussex" chairs made by Morris & Company a decade earlier. Collinson and Lock exhibited a chair similar to the one seen here at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876, and the design was popularized in America by Herter Brothers, a major American furniture manufacturer.