Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"Klismos" Chair

Designer:
Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (American (born England), London 1905–1976 Athens)
Manufacturer:
Peterson Studios
Date:
ca. 1937
Medium:
Birch, vellum
Dimensions:
H. 35 7/8 × W. 24 1/2 × D. 30 3/8 in. (91.1 × 62.2 × 77.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture-Wood
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.207
Not on view
Robsjohn-Gibbings’s design derives from the ancient klismos chair, introduced in Greece during the fifth century. The klismos is elegant and light. The curved, tapered legs slope forward and rearward, offering stability. The rear legs sweep continuously upward to support a wide concave backrest like a curved tablet, which supports the sitter’s shoulders and may be low enough to lean an elbow on. Lacking painted decoration, Robsjohn-Gibbings’s chair calls attention to its natural materials.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum. "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Chairs for Viewing the World through Time," June 7–September 15, 2014, unnumbered cat. (p. 37).

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