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Chairs of this kind are typically joined -- glued together -- with loose dowels or by means of cylindrical turned ends to the narrowest "sticks," fitted to bores in the mating parts. The cumulative resistance to shear or bending of these joints might be considerable -- but the live loads imposed on a chair are unique and unpredictable. Furniture made for the hospitality industry must be particularly well-constructed, as you can imagine.
A chair like this one typically has a seat thick enough to accept a turned and tapered leg end through its thickness; this is a joint capable of considerable resistance to bending. Alternatively, the seat may have an abbreviated apron beneath the seat, to which front and real legs can be attached with multiple dowels -- another useful shear-resisting strategy.
Wright's chair has neither of these features. It has only a number of single-dowel joints which, each taken alone, has poor resistance to bending forces. This is not a chair that the sitter should lean back on -- much less tipping it back on two legs ! Looking at this chair, imagine sitting in it and twisting your body sharply left or right. What is there to resist that force on the joints of the chair ?
It is a shame that Mr Wright did not employ his delightful 30- and 45-degree angular geometries in the service of furniture structure. It seems (almost) never to have occurred to him. Only when plywood came on the scene could he count on his materials to provide automatic and built-in shear resistance -- "continuity," he would have called it ?
It's kind of slick. The horizontal arm that holds the light fixture slides up and down the vertical post, held in place by the weight of the fixture itself.
There are two separate chairs available for sale...the photos are similar, but not identical...of particular note, one chair has its manufacturer's tag tied to the center upright.Can anyone parse the difference between the two listings ? Are there two chairs for sale ?
As to the age, there is a detail photo which shows the manufacturer's mark and FLLW FNDN copyright indicating the chairs were made in or after 1986.