Morris Chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1882-1914

GUSN

GUSN-69925

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

reclining chairs
chairs (furniture forms)
mahogany (wood)
upholstering
Arts and Crafts (movement)
Chair

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.

Associated Building

Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Maker

Attributed to William Morris & Co. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

England

Dimensions

40 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 31 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman

Accession Number

1969.2937

Places

Probably