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English (High Wycombe)
about 1901
Designed by E. G. Punnett

Object Place: Europe, England


84.45 x 71.12 x 49.53 cm (33 1/4 x 28 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, walnut, ebony, rush

Not On View





Low back framing twin rush panels divided by a central splat, supporting a curved cresting inset with a walnut tablet enclosing an art nouveau stem motif in ebony. The uprights, flat arms resting on arched bridge rails, shaped seats rame and plain stretchers are constructed of broad 3/4 inch staves united by dowel tenons. The rush slip seat drops in to a slightly splayed frame with a rounded front supported on a corbel. Oak with walnut and ebony inlay and rush seat and back.

The lofty ideals espoused by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement occasionally filtered through to the commercial production of furniture. They are evident here in the conscious simplicity and vernacular style of the chair’s design and in the use of such humble materials as oak and rush. The stylized floral decoration, however, is an example of the significant influence of the current Art Nouveau style.


By 1987, with Catherine Kurland, New York, NY; 1987, sold by Catherine Kurland to the MFA. (Accession date: September 23, 1987)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund