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Morris Chair

1969.2937 (RS32474)

Description

Rectangular reclining chair with bowed and hinged five slat adjustable back. Blue and white "Brother Rabbit" patterned upholstered cushions.

Details

Label
Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: This chair is a quintessential example of the arts and crafts movement. Both the chair and its upholstery owe their origins to the work of William Morris (1834-1896), a leading light in the movement, who created some of the period's most beautiful designs. With its loose cushions and adjustable back, the chair is a type known as a "Morris chair," after one produced by William Morris's company. This example's original upholstery, shown here as a reproduction, was printed by Morris & Co. at Merton Abbey in Surrey, England, beginning in 1882. The pattern was called "Brother Rabbit"; Morris's daughter remembered that the family was reading Uncle Remus around the time her father developed the design.
Maker
Attributed to William Morris & Co. (Manufacturer)
Date
1882-1914
Location of origin
England
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
mahogany (wood)
upholstering
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Arts and Crafts (movement)
Chair
chairs (furniture forms)
mahogany (wood)
reclining chairs
upholstering
Dimensions
40 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 31 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.2937
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
69925

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