Oak armchair

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1915.

Carved with waratahs, the chair is a significant example of the use of Australian flora in early twentieth century furniture and is likely to have been made by a woodcarver associated with one of the state-based arts and crafts societies that flourished in Australia at the time. The chair will thus complement and enhance the museum’s extensive specialist collection of early 20th century decorative arts incorporating Australian flora and fauna, much of which was acquired directly from regular exh...


Armchair, carved with waratahs and flannel flowers, stained oak, maker unknown, Australia, 1915

An armchair made in stained oak, with a high backrest surmounted by a shield-shaped panel carved with a spray of three waratahs, the lower backrest is carved with flannel flowers. The shaped arms are attached to curving uprights which extend down to cabriole-style legs and the square-shaped seat has a shaped front rail carved with native flora. The date '1915' is carved on the back of the back rest. This chair is thought to have once belonged to Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar.


1460 mm
580 mm
435 mm


The chair, made in 1915, is likely to have been made by an Australian woodcarver, possibly for one of the arts and crafts society exhibitions held regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart at this time.


Gift of Tony Strachan, 2004, in memory of Doreen Margaret Strachan (nee Dunlop) 1914-2000
26 May, 2004

Cite this Object

Oak armchair 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 December 2017, <https://ma.as/344059>
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