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...

Summary

Object No.

2004/91/1

Physical Description

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.

Dimensions

Height

1460 mm

Width

580 mm

Depth

435 mm

Production

Notes

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.

Made

1915

History

Notes

The chair was acquired by the donor from Gaslight Antiques, Sydney in the early 1970s. The donor recalls he was told it was previously owned by the Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968). Documentation corroborating this provenance is yet to be found.

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

26 May, 2004

Cite this Object

Harvard

Oak armchair 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 January 2018, <https://ma.as/344059>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/344059 |title=Oak armchair |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 January 2018 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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