Rectangular reclining chair with bowed and hinged five slat adjustable back. Blue and white "Brother Rabbit" patterned upholstered cushions.
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.
Attributed to William Morris & Co. (Manufacturer)
- Location of origin
- Associated Building
- Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
- Object type
- Descriptive terms
Arts and Crafts (movement)
chairs (furniture forms)
- 40 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 31 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman