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Auction: Chairs from Willits House

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:12 pm    Post subject: Auction: Chairs from Willits House Reply with quote

Christie’s to Offer Two Pairs of Chairs Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright


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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.christies.com/features/Inside-Frank-Lloyd-Wrights-first-Prairie-house-10228-1.aspx?sc_lang=en&lid=1

https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Furniture-Lighting/frank-lloyd-wright-two-important-chairs-from-6250254-details.aspx?lid=1&from=relatedlot&intobjectid=6250254

Photos of Willits chairs:



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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There appear to be ten chairs in this c. 1902 photo of the Willits dining room. Two of the low(er)-back chairs are set upon a riser base, perhaps to convert them temporarily to highchairs ?

https://www.christies.com/media-library/images/features/articles/2019/11/26/inside-frank-lloyd-wrights-first-prairie-house/frank-lloyd-wright-willits-house-dining-room.jpg?w=780







A tall-back side chair owned at various times by the Domino's Pizza Collection and by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London:


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is truly one of FLW's best rooms of the OP period.

There are actually 11 chairs in the photo. Did you count the one in the 'prow' with the proto-TV table?

I am usually kind to FLW's chairs, but that arm chair, with its perfectly vertical back, square seat and thin arms does not look comfortable.
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