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Chair

Designer:
Designed by Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850–1932 Santa Barbara, California)
Date:
ca. 1881–86
Geography:
Possibly made in Ahmedabad, India; Possibly made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Probably teak; silk embroidery on linen
Dimensions:
32 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (82.2 x 46.4 x 47 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Overbrook Foundation Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.340
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This side chair is an example of the "exotic" furniture that Lockwood de Forest designed and produced at the Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company in western India. De Forest's synthesis of straightforward plank construction and solid rectilinear form advocated by design reformers, with Indian, North African, and Near Eastern vocabularies of ornament, is characteristic of the Aesthetic movement. The chair is upholstered with a geometric-patterned and richly embroidered fabric (now worn) made at Ahmedabad and of the type that designers like Tiffany used for exotic effect in Aesthetic-style interiors. This chair may have belonged to a suite purchased by Baltimore & Ohio Railroad heiress Mary Elizabeth Garrett for her home in Baltimore.
Inscription: impressed on top of rear stretcher: N 36; inscribed in graphite on underside of front stretcher: Front; marked on casters: The Goodrich Hard Rubber Company; marked on the back of casters: 20
with Margot Johnson Inc., New York, until 1992
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