Lockwood de Forest
American (1850 - 1932) Primary
Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company
Side Chairca. 1895-1904
34 1/4 in. x 20 in. x 19 1/2 in. (87 cm x 50.8 cm x 49.53 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This side chair can be seen in a 1904 photograph of the Deanery, located in a hallway between M. Carey Thomas’s study (an early version of the Blue Room, designed by de Forest in 1896) and her friend Mamie Gwinn’s small study. After the Deanery was renovated and expanded in 1908-1909, the chair was moved to Thomas’s large sitting room, known as the Dorothy Vernon Room. The room was modeled after one in Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England, which Thomas had visited numerous times while she was a student, traveling in Europe. De Forest designed the room as a mixture of English and East Indian design, although Japanese teakwood tables and Tiffany lamps were used in the room as well. After the Deanery was razed in 1968, a new Dorothy Vernon Room was installed in Haffner Hall, about a quarter size of the original room, where many of the ceiling stencils, furniture, and other furnishings were re-located.
On Loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
This object has the following keywords:
- art furniture - Term applied in the 1860s to furniture produced by firms which employed leading designers and architects. Designs tended toward simple forms with hand-carved and painted decoration.
- carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
- side chairs - Term generally applied to a wide range of chairs without arms to distinguish them from armchairs.
- upholstery - Refers to the fixed soft coverings for furniture, especially seating and reclining furniture. Originally referred to all the textile components of a room supplied by upholsterers, including wall hangings, bed hangings, window curtains, and table coverings.
- wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
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