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  FURNITURE    CHAIRS 
 
Date: 1986

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program (Published by Atelier International, Ltd., Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC)

Author: Cassina/ai

Description: The Cassina/ai Masters Program. In 1971, representatives from Cassina/Milan visited Taliesin West. The purpose of their visit was to ask for a license to manufacture the furniture designed by Wright. The effort came to naught. Fifteen years after that first visit (1986), the story took a different turn. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation felt the time as right and contacted Atelier International, Cassina’s exclusive distributor. They manufactured over thirty prototypes. On December 16, 1985 they were presented. On June 4, 1986 the collection was launched. In October 1986 ai presented the first seven pieces. They included: 601 Robie High Back Chair; 602 Midway Wood Chair; 603 Midway Steel Chair; 604 Midway Steel Table; 605 Allen Dining Room Table; 606 Wingspread Barrel Chair; 607 Taliesin Armchair. Includes 12 photographs and 12 illustrations. Gift from Randolph C. Henning. (First Edition)

Size: 8.9 x 12

Pages: Pp 16

ST#: 1986.32.0709

   
Date: 1986

Title: Barrel Chair 1986.

Author: Atelier International, Ltd.

Description: Text on face: "Atelier International, Ltd. 595 Madison Avenue, N.Y. 10022."Label on verso: "Barrel Chair. Designed in : 1937. Frank Lloyd Wright." Stamped on verso: Dec 9, 1986." Wright first designed the Barrel chair for the Darwin Martin Residence. (S.100 - 1904), "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House", Quinan, 2004, pages 136,166-7, 181. Slight modifications were made to the design for the Herbert F. Johnson Residence, Wingspread (S.239 - 1937). This chair is manufactured after the Wingspread variation. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program) See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: Original 7.5 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1986.44.0711

   
Note: set of six postcards correspond to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program (above) 1986.
   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “602 Midway, 1 / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Midway 1 Chair designed in 1914.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program) See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.26.0507

   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “603 Midway, 2 / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Midway 2 Chair designed in 1914.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program) See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.27.0507

 

   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “604 Midway, 3 / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Midway 3 table designed in 1914.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.28.0507

   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “605 Allen Table and 601 Robie Chairs / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown are the Robie chairs designed in 1908, and the Allen table, designed in 1917.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.29.0507

   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “606 Barrel / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Barrel chair, designed in 1937.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)  See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.30.0507

   
Date: 1986

Title: Atelier International,  Front: “607 Taliesin / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Shown is the Taliesin Chair designed in 1949.” (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)  See Wright Designed Chairs.

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.20.0506

   
Date: 1987

Title: The Chairs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Published by the Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven, CT)

Author: Preface: Gorlin, Alexander. Introduction: Pfeiffer, Bruce Brooks

Description: An Exhibition sponsored by Yale University, November 2-20, 1987. "Frank Lloyd Wright was not a furniture designer; he was an architect who designed furniture..." Includes nine photographs, eight of which are by Henry Fuerman, and 13 illustrations. Twelve essays by: Vincent J. Scully, Jr.; Kent C. Bloomer; Donald Hoffman; Neil Levine; Jonathan Lipman; Grant Carpenter Manson; John O’Hern; Patrick L. Pinnell; George Ranalli; Michael Sorkin; Jack Quinan; Tod Williams. Original list price possibly $8.00. (First Edition)

Size: 9 x 9

Pages: Pp 44

ST#: 1987.82.0814

   
Date: 1993

Title: Be Seated: A Book About Chairs  (Hard Cover - DJ)

Author: Giblin, James Cross

Description: Touches on Wright’s influence and two photos on pages viii and 98.  Original HC List Price $15.00, Library Binding $14.89.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 136

ST#: 1993.29.0103

   
Date: 1993

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture (Soft Cover)  (Published by Gibbs-Smith Publishers, Salt Lake City)

Author: Heinz, Thomas A.

Description: Thirty photographs celebrating Wright’s experimental genius in home furnishings. Photographs include examples of: Frank Lloyd Wright Studio chair; Bradley armchair; Willits armchair (2); Dana dining set, music cabinet, library chair; Boynton dining set; Larkin desk, armchair; Barton dining room breakfront; Four chair designs (Beachy); Roberts side and armchair, dining room set; Coonley end table; Robie slant back; Greene couch; Booth canopied bed, wall sconce, floor lamp; Bogk dining room; Barnsdall dining set, two tall back chairs; SC Johnson armchair; HF Johnson cocktail table, library desk and barrel chairs; Lloyd Lewis pole lamp, side chair; Sturges side chair; Mossberg hassock and end table, armchair; Robert Llewellyn Wright cocktail table. Original list price $12.95. 7 x 8. Two copies. (First Edition)

Size: 7 x 8

Pages: Pp 64

ST#: 1993.52.0906, 1993.72.0913

   
Date: 1997

Title: Bexley Heath Ltd.: Spring 1997 (Bexley Heath Ltd., Grand Rapids, MI)

Author: Bexley Heath Ltd.; Heinz, Thomas A.

Description: Bexley Heath Ltd. is proud to present reproductions of design by Frank Lloyd Wright selected by Thomas A. Heinz. Includes 16 Wright reproductions. They include four chairs: the Dana tall back dining chair; the Larkin slant back chair; the Reclining spindle chair and the Martin barrel chair. Two lamps: The wood table lamp and the Sherman Booth wood floor lamp. Six tables: the Octagonal leg extension table first used in his own home, the Martin home in Oak Park and a larger version for Dana; Smith Usonian coffee table; Cooley end table; the Boynton and Little side table; the Wingspread cocktail and hex end table. The Robie couch and stool/table. The Wright designed hassock. An adaptation of the Little desk. Includes a description and photograph of each item. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 1997.45.0709

   
Date: 1997

Title: Bexley Heath Ltd.: Fall1997 Price List (Published by Bexley Heath Ltd., Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Author: Bexley Heath Ltd.; Heinz

Description: Price list for the Bexley Heath Ltd. Line of Frank Lloyd Wright reproductions. Includes prices and illustrations of 16 Wright reproductions that include: four chairs: the Dana tall back dining chair; the Larkin slant back chair; the Reclining spindle chair and the Martin barrel chair. Three lamps: The wood table lamp and the Sherman Booth wood floor lamp, and the addition of the Taliesin Pole lamp not included in the Spring catalog. Six tables: the Octagonal leg extension table first used in his own home, the Martin home in Oak Park and a larger version for Dana; Smith Usonian coffee table; Cooley end table; the Boynton and Little side table; the Wingspread cocktail and hex end table. The Robie couch and stool/table. The Wright designed hassock for the Thurber. An adaptation of the Little desk. . Includes a description, specification, prices and an illustration of each item.

Size: 8.5 x 11.

Pages: Pp 14

ST#: 1997.65.0413

   
Date: 1997

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: Cassina I Maestri

Author: Cassina USA

Description: Cassina Catalogue is in four languages. Includes photos and illustrations for a line of Wright reproduced furniture. 16 pieces of furniture in the line. Stitched into the center spread is a large 13 x 32" reproduction of the Fallingwater rendering.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 44

ST#: 1997.29.0404

   
Date: 1997

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Seat of Genius, Chairs 1895-1955 (Published by Eaton Fine Art, Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida)

Author: Fowler, Penny; Eaton, Mary Anna

Description: Published for an exhibition by the same title held at Eaton Fine Art, Inc., February 28 - April 25, 1997. "Were it not for the evidence of his architecture, the legend of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 -1959) would nearly eclipse his life's work. A heroic and iconoclastic character, Wright's persona took on mythic proportions during his life and became even more fabled after his death. No modern artist or architect has had such widespread admirers and detractors, regarding both his creative and personal life..." (Introduction.) On the cover, L to R: Rayward (2), Imperial Hotel, Browne’s Bookstore, Taliesin, S.C. Johnson, H. Johnson and Heath. Additional chairs photographed: Wright Home & Studio (2), Larkin, Coonley, Roberts, Coonley Playhouse, Mori, Taliesin (2), S.C. Johnson, Florida Southern College, Schaberg, Price Tower and Rayward. 8.75 x 11.25 (First Edition) 

Size:

Pages: Pp 76

ST#: 1997.64.0414

   
   
   
WRIGHT DESIGNED CHAIRS
 
  FURNITURE    CHAIRS 
 

Wright designed hundreds of different chairs. Many for individual homes and businesses. These chairs have been organized by the date the home was designed.

 
  BEACHY (1906)    BROWNE'S (1907)    COONLEY (1907)  COONLEY PLAYHOUSE (1912)    FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE (1938) 
  GILMORE (1908)    HEATH (1904)    HUSSER (1899)    HERITAGE HENREDON (1955/1973)    HF JOHNSON (1937)    IMPERIAL HOTEL (1915)  
  LARKIN (1903)    LAWRENCE LIBRARY (1905)    LENKURT (1955)    LEWIS (1939)    LITTLE I (1902)    LYKES (1956)    DARWIN MARTIN (1904)  
  WILLIAM MARTIN (1902)    MAY (1908)    MIDWAY GARDENS (1913)    MILLER (1946)    MOSSBERG (1948)    OAK PARK PLAY HOUSE (1926) 
  PAPPAS (1955)    PRICE TOWER (1952)    RAYWARD (1955)    ROBERTS (1901)    ROBIE (1906)    RUBIN (1951)    SC JOHNSON (1936)    SMITH (1905)  
  SONDERN (1939)    STURGES (1939)    TALIESIN II & III (1914/1925)    TALIESIN WEST (1949)    THAXTON (1954)    THURBER (1909) 
  USONIAN (1939)    WILLITS (1901)    WINN (1950)    WINSLOW (1894)    WRIGHT HOME/STUDIO (1889-1897)    WYOMING VALLEY SCHOOL (1958) 
 
WRIGHT HOME & STUDIO (1889-1897)
 
Date: Circa 1900

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright Studio Chair. Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio (1895 - S.003) circa 1900.

Description: Wright Weed Holders, Studio Chair with Richard Bock Sculpture in Oak Park Studio. Possibly staged by Wright. Published in "Architectural Review" June 1900, page 65. Also published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten" 1911, page 98. The chair was from Wright's Studio. According to Richard Bock, Wright asked him to design a small panel for Mrs. Heller (1896 - S.038). "As an inducement to do the freeze he asked me to model a portrait statue of his son John, which was intended for the children’s playroom in the home he was building in Oak Park. The figure was about two feet tall and was to represent a goldenrod. John Wright was then about four years old and the most contentious model I have ever encountered... It eventually turned out to be an attractive piece of sculpture of a very angelic child." "Memories of an American Artist", Bock, 1989, page 67. Wright used this photograph in his announcement of his first exhibition in 1902. Most likely photographed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Size: Original 6.7 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0041.08.0712

   
Date: 1911

Title: Wright Designed Slant Back Chair. Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio, Bedroom for Mrs. Wright. (1895 - S.003) 1911.

Description: "In December of 1911 Wright left Oak Park and moved to Spring Green... There he built Taliesin I for his new life with Mamah Cheney. Before leaving Oak Park, Wright extensively remodeled the home and studio. The studio was converted to a dwelling for his wife and four children still living at home. The home was converted into a rental unit to provide income for Catherine." "The Plan for Restoration" 1978, pages 38-40. In 1911, Wright’s original two-story drafting room was converted to a living room on the first floor, and four bedrooms for his children on the second. His office which was adjacent to the drafting room on the first floor was converted to a dining room, and a second level was added above it creating a bedroom for Mrs. Wright. The fireplace was added, tying it into the original drafting room chimney. The windows on the left look out over Chicago Avenue. A Wright designed slant-back chair is visible against the wall under the windows. A stubbed wall is visible on the far right. To it’s right, two steps lead down to a landing and out to the hallway. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Oak Park.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0104.14.1013

   
Date: 1911

Title: Wright Designed Low Back Chair. Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio, Bedroom for Children. (1895 - S.003) 1911.

Description: "In December of 1911 Wright left Oak Park and moved to Spring Green... There he built Taliesin I for his new life with Mamah Cheney. Before leaving Oak Park, Wright extensively remodeled the home and studio. The studio was converted to a dwelling for his wife and four children still living at home. The home was converted into a rental unit to provide income for Catherine." "The Plan for Restoration" 1978, pages 38-40. In 1911, Wright’s original two-story drafting room was converted to a living room on the first floor, and four bedrooms for his children on the second. This was Catherine’s Bedroom, the northeast bedroom, looking northeast. Three pieces of furniture are visible. A) Left: Slant back side chair. Wright designed them for his home in Oak Park, 1904. Front and back legs are straight. The back legs have feet, the top is capped. Oak, leather upholstered seat, 40.25 (H) x 15 (W) x 18.75 (D). B) Japanese Print Table, designed by Wright in 1898. Used in Catherine’s room as a desk. 48.5 (H) x 44 (W) x 26.25 (D). C) In front of desk: Low back chair. Designed by Wright circa 1908. Very similar to the Isabel Roberts Side Chair (1908), but shorter. The main difference is an additional horizontal trim along the base of the seat which runs along the front and sides. The Cassina Catalog, 1999, p. 40-1, lists this as 608 Coonley 1, and dates the original as 1907. Possible redesign of the Roberts 1901 side chair for Coonley 1907? Yellow birch, 27 (H) x 17.25 (W) x 14 (D). The windows on the left look out over Chicago Avenue. Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Oak Park.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0104.15.1013

   
Date: Circa 1911

Title: Wright’s Oak Park Home (1895 - S.002-4) Dining Room Circa 1911.

Description: Dining Room looking south. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright converted the home into a rental property. He added two cantilevered lights on the bay end of the Dining Room. "In December of 1911 he left Oak Park and moved to Spring Green... There he built Taliesin I for his new life with Mamah Cheney. Before leaving Oak Park, Wright extensively remodeled the home and studio. The studio was converted to a dwelling for his wife and four children still living at home. The home was converted into a rental unit to provide income for Catherine. "The Plan for Restoration" 1978, pages38-40. Most likely photographed after restoration, before Wright left Oak Park. Photographed by Henry Fuermann.

Size: Original 10 x 7.75 B&W photograph.

ST#: 0104.19.0814

   
Date: 1986

Title: Dining Room Table and Chairs. Home and Studio, Oak Park, Dining Room 1986.

Photographer: Jon Miller, Hedrich-Blessing

Description: "Dining room, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois. This room features original Wright-designed furnishings and an intricately patterned ceiling grille. The Home and Studio has undergone a $2.1 million restoration and is open to the public for tours. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich-Blessing, courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation." Photographed in 1986 after the restoration of the Dining Room. Published in "The Oak Park Home and Studio" 1988, page 16 (color). Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Daily News.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W print.

ST#: 1986.48.0512

   
   
   
WINSLOW (1894)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair circa 1894. William H. Winslow Armchair, River Forest, Illinois (1894 - S.024) 1981.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright designed armchair for the William Winslow Residence, circa 1894. Probably Frank Lloyd Wright’s first design for furniture, possibly inspired by Henry Hobson Richardson’s chair for the Glessner House, Chicago, Ill. Oak, upholstered back and seat, 27.25 (H) x 23.5 (W) x 26.25 (D). Photographed by Photoworks, Leesburg, Virginia. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 5 x 7 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.119.0413

   
   
   
HUSSER (1899)
   
Date: 1988

Title: Dining Room Chair. Joseph W. Husser House, Chicago, Illinois.

Description: Dining Table and eight Side Chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1899 for the Joseph W. Husser House, Chicago, Illinois. (Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Hanks, 1989, p 31.) Clipping on verso: "A Public Display of Passion. Monaghan’s museum shows off his Wright collection. By Marsha Miro. Free Press Art Critic. It is truly amazing what Tom Monaghan’s obsession with the work of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has brought forth. In three short years, Monoghan has bought two Wright houses, dozens of stained glass windows..." Photo Caption: "Tom Monaghan’s recent acquisition is a $1.6 million Frank Lloyd Wright dining set." Stamped on verso: "Mar 20 1988", "Photo by George Waldman". See our Wright Study on the Husser Residence.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1988.54.0911

   
   
   
ROBERTS (1901)
 
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair 1908. Isabel Roberts Residence Reclining Armchair (1908 - S.150) 1981.

Description: Manufactured in 1908 for Isabel Roberts, Frank Lloyd Wright's secretary, bookkeeper and office manager in his Oak Park studio. Birch reclining armchair, three-quarter view, facing forward and to the right. Removable upholstered back and seat cushions. Back is adjustable. Similar to an arm chair designed for the Heurtley Residence (1902 - S.075) (See "Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage" Hanks, p. 39). Arm Chair: 39 (H) x 32 (W) x 33 (D). Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 4x5 color transparency, one 8 x 10 B&W photograph and one 4 x 5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.01.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Side Chair 1908. Isabel Roberts Residence Side Chair (1908 - S.150) 1981.

Description: Manufactured in 1908 for Isabel Roberts, Frank Lloyd Wright's secretary, bookkeeper and office manager in his Oak Park studio. Oak side chair three-quarter view, facing backward and to the right, is upholstered, both the front and back feet are flared. 41 (H) x 15 (W) x 17 (D). This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 26, and in "Frank Lloyd Wright and Viollet-le-Duc", 1986, p. 55. This chair was part of the Alfonso Iannelli estate. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photographs and one 4 x 5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.106.0413

   
   
   
WILLITS (1901)
 
Date: 1981

Title: High Back Dining Room Chair circa 1901. Ward W. Willits Residence, Highland Park, Illinois (1901 - S.054) 1981.

Description: Wright designed high back dining room chair, circa 1901. Three quarter view, facing forwards and to the right. Label pasted to verso: "Dining Chair, Chicago, ca. 1901. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, American, 1867-1959; Made by John W. Ayers, Chicago. Oak, leather seat. H. 142 cm., W. 43.2 cm., D. 45.2 cm. The St. Louis Art Museum. Purchase: Decorative Arts Society Funds." Oak, 55.9 (H) x 17 (W) x 17.8 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.117.0413

   
Date: 1988

Title: Oak Spindle Armchair circa 1901. Ward W. Willits Residence, Highland Park, Illinois (1901 - S.054) 1988.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, executed by John W. Ayers., for the Ward W. Willits Living Room, Highland Park, Illinois. Arms and back feature spindles, the back arches backwards slightly, the front legs are splayed outwards. The cushion is original. Oak, 33.75 (H) x 34.25 (W) x 27.75 (D). See "Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910", Manson, 1958, p. 115. Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 112.

   
   
   
WILLIAM MARTIN (1902)
 
Date: 1988

Title: Oak Reclining Armchair circa 1902. William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois (1902 - S.061) 1988.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably executed by the John W. Ayers Co. for the William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois. Oak, 28.75 (H) x 29.25 (W) x 33 (D). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 118.

   
Date: 1988

Title: Dining Room Chair circa 1902. William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois (1902 - S.061) 1988.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably executed by the John W. Ayers Co. for the William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois. The chair has three piercings below the crest rail, the center forming a handhold, ten spindles descend to the back chair stretcher. Oak, 39.25 (H). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 117.

   
Date: 1988

Title: Low Back Chair circa 1902. William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois (1902 - S.061) 1988.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably executed by the John W. Ayers Co. for the William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois. Handhold is is below the crest rail, formed by two larger vertical spindles. Eight shorter spindles in the center. Seat is covered in leather. Oak, 27 (H). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 119.

   
Date: 1988

Title: High Back Armchair circa 1902. William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois (1902 - S.061) 1988.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably executed by the John W. Ayers Co. for the William E. Martin Residence, Oak Park, Illinois. The crest rail bows outward. The side stretchers angle where they meet the front legs. The seat and back are upholstered. Oak, 40 (H). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 120.

   
   
   
LITTLE I (1902)
 
Date: 2012

Title: Armchair Recliner circa 1902-03. Francis W. Little Armchair Recliner, Peoria, Illinois, 1902-03

Description: Executed by John W. Ayers Co., for the Francis W. Little House (1902 - S.070), Peoria, Illinois, oak and fabric, with adjustable seat and back. Wright used variations of the reclining armchair in several of his interiors through the 1910s, including his own Oak Park studio. When designing the chairs for the Littles, Wright employed a more streamlined and open design. Beyond the thin trim that is used on the panels and supports, it is entirely without decoration, save the dynamic graining of the oak and the formation of medullary rays. Raised slightly from the floor by small casters, the chair's structure of three panels with an angled seat back and sliding seat is simple and orderly. The two side and back panels each have horizontal 'windows', or cutouts, not seen on most of the other versions. Further, Wright engineered a simple but sophisticated method of adjusting the seat by connecting it to the angled seat-back, so that it may be adjusted backward or forward for comfort. Two other armchairs of this model from the Peoria house were sold at Christie's New York on June 20, 1987 and December 12, 1987, lots 83 and 118 respectively. Price realized $110,500. 41 (H) x 32 (W) x 28 (D).

Courtesy Christie's New York. June 12, 2012 (#2569), Lot 125.

   
Date: 2012

Title: Armchair Recliner circa 1902-03. Francis W. Little Armchair Recliner, Peoria, Illinois, 1902-03

Description: Executed by John W. Ayers Co., for the Francis W. Little House (1902 - S.070), Peoria, Illinois, oak and fabric, with adjustable seat and back. Wright used variations of the reclining armchair in several of his interiors through the 1910s, including his own Oak Park studio. When designing the chairs for the Littles, Wright employed a more streamlined and open design. Beyond the thin trim that is used on the panels and supports, it is entirely without decoration, save the dynamic graining of the oak and the formation of medullary rays. Raised slightly from the floor by small casters, the chair's structure of three panels with an angled seat back and sliding seat is simple and orderly. The two side and back panels each have horizontal 'windows', or cutouts, not seen on most of the other versions. Further, Wright engineered a simple but sophisticated method of adjusting the seat by connecting it to the angled seat-back, so that it may be adjusted backward or forward for comfort. Two other armchairs of this model from the Peoria house were sold at Christie's New York on June 20, 1987 and December 12, 1987, lots 83 and 118 respectively. Price realized $110,500. 41 (H) x 32 (W) x 28 (D).

Courtesy Christie's New York. June 12, 2012 (#2569), Lot 126.

   
Date: 1981

Title: High-back Side Chair, Francis W. and Mary Little Residence I, Peoria (1902 - S.070) 1981.

Description: Francis Little was an attorney and owner of a utility company in Peoria, Illinois. He hired his friend, Frank Lloyd Wright to design his home in Peoria. He retained Wright again that year to add a Stable to the home. In 1908 they sold the home and moved to Minnesota where they hired Wright to build a second home, "Northome". Construction was delayed due to Wright’s departure for Europe. Two oak high back side chairs, 52 (H). On November 29, 1999, the chair on the left was sold at Christies, New York, Lot 493, from the Barbara Streisand Collection, $123,500 plus premium. The chair on the right, Lot 492, from the Barbara Streisand Collection, sold for $134,500 plus premium. The high back chairs resemble the Browne’s Bookstore High Back Chair (1907). Wall Sconce. Possibly from the Francis W. Little Residence I or the Sherman Booth Residence. A pair from the Booth Residence was at "The Art of Frank Lloyd Wright" by Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, in collaboration with Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago, March 8-May 7, 1994. The Booth scone measures 16.25 (H) x 8.5 (W) x 6 (D). See Important 19th and 20th Century Architectural Objects and Designs, 1990, Lot 499. Side table: Little Residence I, 1902. See Memories... The Personal Property of Barbara Streisand, 1999. Nakoma and Nakomis: Black glazed terra-cotta figures circa 1929. Terra-cotta figures published in "Frank Lloyd Wright" Kelmscott Gallery, p.40: Nakoma 13 (H), Nakomis 16 (H). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Six 4 x 5 Color photographs.

ST#: 1981.126.0413

   
Title: High Back Dining Room Chair

Description: According to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, this high-back chair was designed by Wright for the dining room of the Prairie School style house built in Peoria, Illinois, for Francis W. Little (1902 - S.070) in 1903. Courtesy of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Size: 52 (H) x 16.25 (W) x 19.25 (D)

 

   
   
   
LARKIN (1903)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair 1903. Larkin Administration Building Armchair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example A: Armchair on swivel base facing forward, four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 color photograph and one 4x5 color negative.

ST#: 1981.84.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair 1903. Larkin Administration Building Armchair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example B: Armchair on swivel base, facing backwards and to the right, three outer legs on casters, the two in front are single, the back is a double centered leg, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 25. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph and one 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.88.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Desk Chair 1903. Larkin Administration Building Desk and Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example C: Desk with attached chair that automatically folds in. Chairs would not have to be moved, increasing the efficiency of cleaning the large office building. The design was to Brown painted steel, black leather seat and back on the chair. Desk: 43 (H) x 48 (W) x 24.5 (D), Chair and base: 31 (H) x 15 (W) x 16.5 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photography by Thomas A. Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 4x5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.89.0413

   
Date: 1986

Title: Desk Chair 1903. Larkin Administration Building Desk Chair (1903 - S.093) 1986.

Description: Larkin Administration Building Desk Chair (1903 - S.093) 1986. The back and seat match the chair attached to the desk, but the base has four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters. Painted steel with leather upholstery. Courtesy of Struve Gallery, 1986, plate 6, 37.5 (H) x 18 (W) x 17 (D). 

   
Date: 1986

Title: Side Chair 1903. Larkin Administration Building Side Chair (1903 - S.093) 1986.

Description: Larkin Administration Building Side Chair (1903 - S.093) 1986. Painted steel with leather upholstery. Courtesy of Struve Gallery, 1986, plate 7, 35.5 (H) x 16 (W) x 14 (D). 

   
   
   
DARWIN MARTIN (1904)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Dining Room Chair 1904. Darwin D. Martin Residence (1904 - S.100) Dining Room Chair, 1981.

Description: Designed for the Darwin Martin Residence, Buffalo, New York. Placed on a white pedestal, facing forward and to the left. Oak with cushioned seat. 39.5 (H) x 17 (W) x 17 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 4x5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.90.0413

   
Date: 1992

Description: Martin Residence (1904 - S.100) Dining Room Chairs. Set of two Dining Room chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Darwin D. Martin Residence Dining Room, one facing forward, one facing back. Date stamped on verso: "Sep 13 1992". Caption pasted on verso: "These are two of a set of five Frank Lloyd Wright oak dining chairs, which date from about 1904. The set and a matching copy brought $110,000 at an auction in San Francisco." See original image below.

Size: Original 5 x 7 B&W print.

ST#: 1992.71.1110

   
Early photograph of Darwin D. Martin Residence Dining Room chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Courtesy "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House", p148.
   
   
   
HEATH (1904)
   
Date: Circa 1906

Title: Armchair. William R Heath Residence (1904 - S.105) Buffalo, NY, circa 1906.

Description: View of the Living Room fireplace which covers the North wall. The massive sandstone mantel reads "The reality of the house is order. The blessing of the house is contentment. The glory of the house is hospitality. The crown of the house is Godliness." Sandstone cubes balances the fireplace opening. A pair of art glass light fixtures are positioned symmetrically from the ceiling on either side of the fireplace. On the far right is an example of an art glass wall sconce, used earlier in the Dana Residence (1902 - S.072) and the George Barton Residence (1903 - S.103).

Size: Original 10 x 7.6 B&W photograph.

S#: 0064.08.0712

   
   
   
SMITH (1905)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Side Chair 1905. Frank L. Smith Bank Side Chair, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111) 1981.

Description: Oak side chair three-quarter view, facing backward and to the right. Both front legs are turned 45 degrees and are thinner at the bottom. This photograph published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and Viollet-le-Duc", 1986, p. 54. Manufactured by John W. Ayers, Chicago. 34.5 (H) x 14 (W) x 19 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 4 x 5 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.108.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair circa 1905. Possibly Frank L. Smith Bank Reclining Armchair, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111) 1981.

Description: Hand written on the verso: "Smith Bank?" Three-quarter view, facing backward and to the left. Very rectangular, both front legs are turned 45 degrees, much like the Frank L. Smith Bank Side Chairs. Similar to the Dana (1902), Arthur Heurtley (1902), Francis Little (1902) and Isabel Roberts (1908) reclining arm chairs. Photographed by Jerry Kobylecky. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.109.0413

   
Date: 1989

Title: Barrel Chairs 1905. Frank L. Smith Bank Chairs, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111).

Description: Two barrel chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Frank L. Smith Bank in 1905. The chairs were manufactured by the John W. Ayers, Co., Chicago. Caption pasted on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright designed barrel chair, from 1906." Stamped on caption "Jan 15 ‘89". Second caption pasted on verso: "Barrel Chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a Dwight, Ill., bank in 1906 ($18,000 each), at Struve Gallery, 309 W. Superior St." Stamped on caption "Sep 17 ‘89". Stamped on verso: "Jan 18, 1989". Photographed by Struve Gallery. Acquired from the archived of the Chicago Tribune. See other examples of Wright designed furniture for the Frank L. Smith Bank. For more information see out Wright Study.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W Print.

ST#: 1989.74.0811

   
   
LAWRENCE MEMORIAL LIBRARY (1905)
   
Date: 1988

Title: Low Back Chair circa 1905-1910. Lawrence Memorial Library, Springfield, Illinois (1905 - S.073).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, probably executed by the John W. Ayers Co. for the Lawrence Memorial Library, Springfield, Illinois. The crest rail is joined to the back stretcher by thirteen vertical spindles. The top and bottom of the back legs are capped with rectangles. Seat is upholstered. Oak, 29.5 (H) x 19.25 (W) x 19.5 (D). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 122.

   
   
   
BEACHY (1906)
   
Date: Designed in 1906

Title: Dining Room Chair 1906. Peter A. Beachy Residence Dining Room Chair, Oak Park (1906 - S.117) 1981.

Description: Three-quarter front view. Oak, fabric upholstered seat. 46 (H) x 15.5 (W) x 18 (D). Like the Hills Residence (1900/06 - S.051), Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled the James Fargo House to create the Prairie styled Beachy Residence. This chair was designed and created in 1906. In the early Grant Manson photographs of the Beachy Dining Room, two sizes are visible. This is the taller version of the two. The upholstery in this photograph appears to match the upholstery in the early Manson photographs. Photographed by Thomas Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. See additional Beachy chairs.

Size: Original 8 x 10 and two 4 x 5 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.64.0413

   
   
   
ROBIE (1906)
   
Date: Circa 1908

Title: Dining Room Side Chair circa 1908. Robie House, Dining Room, Dining Table and Six Chairs (1906 S.127) Circa 1908.

Description: Label pasted to verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright, Interior view of Dining Room - 1908. Title: Dining table & six side chairs in interior of the Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago. Medium: Oak. Exhibition: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America 1876-1916. Date of Exhibition: Feb 24 - April 22, 1973. Lender’s name as it should appear: Lent by the university of Chicago." Published in the Chicago Tribune February 18, 1973 and October 12, 1986. Originally published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", Wright, 1911. Possibly photographed by Henry Fuermann & Sons. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0085.19.1211

   
Date: 1910

Title: High Back Chair. Robie House Entrance Hall, Lower Level (1906 - S.127) 1910.

Description: Looking Southeast. A Wright designed high back chair and entry table are on the left. Oak with leather upholstered seat and back. The back legs have square feet and caps. Laid across the Wright designed entry table is a runner designed by Wright with the pattern from the leaded glass windows. The carpets were also designed by Wright. The leaded glass doors in the center lead to the Playroom. The stairs lead up to the main level. Photographed by Henry Fuermann & Sons. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0094.32.1013

   
Date: 1910

Title: A) Armchair, Robie House Living Room (1906 - S.127) 1910.

Description: Looking West. The Robies were moved into the home by May 1910. This was photographed after the completion of construction and furnishing the home. Four distinct chairs are visible in this photograph. A) An armchair on the left. The feet match the feet of the Sofa; B) A matching armchair rocker; C) A side chair behind the rocker; D) An upholstered armchair on the right, very similar to an upholstered armchair in the May house photographed circa 1910 (see "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", 1999, p. 38). Wright designed some of the Robie House furniture, some was in conjunction with George Mann Niedecken, and some may have been designed by Niedecken for the Robie House. A double pedestal lamp sets on the table to the left. The left half of this photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", 1911, p. 114, and "Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago" (Sonderheft), 1911, p. 96. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0094.33.1013

   
Date: 1910

Title: B) Matching Armchair Rocker, Robie House Living Room (1906 - S.127) 1910.

Description: Looking West. The Robies were moved into the home by May 1910. This was photographed after the completion of construction and furnishing the home. Four distinct chairs are visible in this photograph. A) An armchair on the left; B) A matching armchair rocker; C) A side chair behind the rocker; D) An upholstered armchair on the right, very similar to an upholstered armchair in the May house photographed circa 1910 (see "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", 1999, p. 38). Wright designed some of the Robie House furniture, some was in conjunction with George Mann Niedecken, and some may have been designed by Niedecken for the Robie House. A double pedestal lamp sets on the table to the left. The left half of this photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", 1911, p. 114, and "Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago" (Sonderheft), 1911, p. 96. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0094.33.1013

   
Date: 1910

Title: D) Upholstered Armchair, Robie House Living Room (1906 - S.127) 1910.

Description: Looking West. The Robies were moved into the home by May 1910. This was photographed after the completion of construction and furnishing the home. Four distinct chairs are visible in this photograph. A) An armchair on the left; B) A matching armchair rocker; C) A side chair behind the rocker; D) An upholstered armchair on the right, very similar to an upholstered armchair in the May house photographed circa 1910 (see "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", 1999, p. 38). Wright designed some of the Robie House furniture, some was in conjunction with George Mann Niedecken, and some may have been designed by Niedecken for the Robie House. A double pedestal lamp sets on the table to the left. The left half of this photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", 1911, p. 114, and "Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago" (Sonderheft), 1911, p. 96. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0094.33.1013

   

 

Date: 1916

Title: Sofa, Robie House, Wilbers seated in Living Room (1906 - S.127) 1916.

Description: Robie sold the house in December 1911 to David Lee Taylor. Taylor died in October, 1912 and his wide sold the Robie House to Marshall Dodge Wilber in November 1912. "...the Wilbers loved the place and preserved everything as it was originally built. Commenting on the occasion when he accompanied the older Wright to dinner, he continued: "The old brown-stained furniture and woodwork was cleaned and polished. The soft autumn shade on the sand-finished wall panels had been maintained. The special light fixtures and leaded glass windows were clear and bright.. After we left, Dad said to me: 'You see John, that's an example of a house that has character, it grows more valuable as it grows older."' John Lloyd Wright, biography page 148. Wilber sold the house to the Chicago Theological Seminary on June 9, 1926. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House", Hoffmann 1984, page 65. From the archives of the Chicago Daily News.

Size: 7.25 x 5.75 Print, High res image.

S#: 0132.08.0410

   
   
Date: 1916

Title: Side Chair, Robie House, Hallway, main level (1906 S.127) 1916.

Description: Looking west, built-ins are to the left and right. The Living Room is in the background through the opening. The Guest Room is on the right. Three side chairs are visible in this photograph as well as others dated 1910 and 1916. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0132.18.1013

   
   
Date: 1916

Title: Slant Back Chair. Robie House Guest Bedroom (1906 - S.127) 1916.

Description: The Guest Bedroom is on the main level, north side of the home. The image is looking West, the Living Room windows can be seen through the windows on the left. A Wright designed slant back chair can be seen is on the left, a matching slant back rocker is in the center. Two pieces of the Wright designed bedroom furniture are visible, the bed, bottom left, and the dresser on the right. The detail of the dresser and bed frame match the details of the chair in the 1910 and 1916 entryway photographs. The Side Chair in the foreground on the right has been identified as a Wright design by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Donald Hoffman also identifies it as a Wright design on page 81 "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House", and is visible on page 65, top (1910) which was also published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten" 1911, and page 63 (1916). The small table in the background on the left is not a Wright design. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 

Size: Original 10 x 7.75 B&W photograph.

S#: 0132.17.1013

   
Date: 1916

Title: Slant Back Rocking Chair. Robie House Guest Bedroom (1906 - S.127) 1916.

Description: The Guest Bedroom is on the main level, north side of the home. The image is looking West, the Living Room windows can be seen through the windows on the left. A Wright designed slant back chair can be seen is on the left, a matching slant back rocker is in the center. Two pieces of the Wright designed bedroom furniture are visible, the bed, bottom left, and the dresser on the right. The detail of the dresser and bed frame match the details of the chair in the 1910 and 1916 entryway photographs. The Side Chair in the foreground on the right has been identified as a Wright design by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Donald Hoffman also identifies it as a Wright design on page 81 "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House", and is visible on page 65, top (1910) which was also published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten" 1911, and page 63 (1916). The small table in the background on the left is not a Wright design. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 

Size: Original 10 x 7.75 B&W photograph.

S#: 0132.17.1013

   
   
   
FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE, ANNIE PFEIFFER CHAPEL (1938)
   
Date: Circa 1941

Title: Florida Southern College, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel Interior, Circa 1941.

Description: Text on face: "Annie Pfeiffer Chapel (Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida E-566." Published by The L. L. Cook Co., Milwaukee. Text on verso: "EKC. All rights Reserved - The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee." Ground breaking on the Chapel began on May 24, 1938. It was dedicated March 9, 1941. Appears to be taken about the same time period as "E-564." which was under construction but near completion. It appears that half the chairs in the balcony have not been upholstered, and well as quite a few on the main level. Foliage has been planted in the balcony planters. Real Photo Post Card, view of the interior.

Size: 5.4 x 3.4

S#:
0571.18.0117
   

 Details of original chairs.
   
   
   
GILMORE (1906)
   
Date: Designed in 1908

Title: Armchair 1908. Eugene A. Gilmore Residence, Madison, Wisconsin (1908 - S.146) Armchair, 1981.

Description: Eugene Gilmore was a professor of law at the university of Wisconsin. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. Oak, upholstered, 37.625 (H) x 30.25 (W) x 30.125 (D). Manufactured by George Niedecken. What is unique about this arm chair are the horizontal spindles. "Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison", Fig 5.11 refers to a second armchair with vertical spindles. For additional information see "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", Robertson, 1999. Acquired from Kemscott Galleries.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.73.0413

   
   
   
COONLEY (1907)
   
Date: 1988

Title: Left: Oak Spindle Chair circa 1908. Avery Coonley Residence, Riverside, Illinois (1907 - S.135).  Right: Oak Low-Back Spindle Side Chair circa 1908. Avery Coonley Residence, Riverside, Illinois (1907 - S.135).

Description: Left: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, executed under the direction of Niedecken-Walbridge, for the Avery Coonley Living Room, Riverside, Illinois. Nine spindles join the crest rail and back stretcher. Oak, 36 (H).  Right: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, executed under the direction of Niedecken-Walbridge, for the Avery Coonley Residence, Riverside, Illinois. Low back with handhold below the crest rail. Six shorter spindles run parallel to a long and larger spindle on either side. Oak, 27.25 (H). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate115.

   
   
   
BROWNE'S BOOKSTORE (1907)
   
Date: 2009

Title: High Back Side Chair circa 1907. Browne's Bookstore, Chicago, Illinois (1907 - S.141). 

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Browne's Bookstore, Chicago, Illinois. Wide slat under a single horizontal rail. It is believed that when Browne's closed, many of the chairs were given to Unity Temple. Oak with leather upholstery, 47.5 (H) x 15 (W) x 18.5 (D). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Right: Side Chair. Wide vertical paneled slat at back under a double horizontal molded rail, original drop in seat, refinished. Of note, no original photographs have been found that show this chair with the "double horizontal molded rail". Could it possibly have been an office chair? 54 (H) x 15.5 (W) x 18.5 (D). Courtesy of the John Toomey Gallery.

   
   
   
THURBER ART GALLERIES (1909)
   
Date: Circa 1910

Title: Side Chair circa 1909. Thurber Art Galleries, Chicago, Illinois (1909 - S.154). 

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Thurber Art Galleries, Chicago, Illinois. Wright's design for the Straight Back Side Chair. Designed with a padded leather seat and a padded leather back panel. Front and back feet curve outward.

Right: Wright's design for the Straight Back Side Chair. Designed with a padded leather seat and a padded leather back panel.

   
Date: Circa 1910

Title: Armchair circa 1909. Thurber Art Galleries, Chicago, Illinois (1909 - S.154). 

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Thurber Art Galleries, Chicago, Illinois. Designed with a padded leather seat and a padded leather back panel. Front and back feet curve outward.

   
   
   
COONLEY PLAYHOUSE (1912)
   
Date: Designed in 1912

Title: Children’s Side Chair 1912. Avery Coonley Playhouse 1912 Children’s Side chair (1912 - S.174) 1981.

Description: Three-quarter view of the back. In 1906, Mrs. Coonley formed the Cottage School in Riverside, Illinois, a private independent school. In 1912, Wright designed the Coonley Playhouse to accommodate the growth of the Cottage School. Frank Lloyd Wright designed child's side chair, 1912. The holes at the top allowed the back padding to be held in place by ropes. Birch, upholstered seat, 32.5 (H) x 15 (W) x 16.5 (D). A variation of the "slant-back" chair Wright designed for his Oak Park home in 1904. Photographed by Thomas Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.71.0413

   
   
   
MEYER MAY (1908)
   
Date: 1987

Title: Meyer May Living Room Chair (1908 - S.148) 1987.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, Steelcase, Inc. completely restored the home, and opened it to the public. Similar view published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago" (Sonderheft) p.72. Note upholstered armchairs on either side of the desk, very similar to the upholstered armchair in the Robie house photographed circa 1910. ("Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", 1999, p. 38). Wright designed some of the Robie and May furniture, some was in conjunction with George Mann Niedecken, and some may have been designed by Niedecken for the May House. Stamped on verso: "Date Used, Dec 25 1988". "Date Used, Sep 29, 1991".

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1987.79.0214

   
Date: 1987

Title: Meyer May Master Bedroom Chair

Description: Meyer May Master Bedroom 1987, (1908 - S.148). Stamped on verso: "Nov 10 1987". Label on verso: "Master Bedroom. The Master Bedroom of the Meyer May House features an original Wright-designed bed from the Charles Helmer Collection. On the north wall is a smaller but similar version of the living room fireplace. The large window seat, surrounded by five windows, is an example of Wright’s concept of integrating outside and inside spaces. Wright’s attention to detail led him to design most of the furniture throughout the house. Even the embroidery pattern for the bed linen is based on early sketches. Steelcase Inc. Grand Rapids, Michigan." For additional details concerning the Lady’s Dresser, see "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken", 1999, p. 31. Note the low back chair. Very similar to one found in Wright’s Home & Studio Circa 1911), William Martin Residence (1902), Coonley Residence (1908), but this version lacks the back spindles. Stamped on verso of second copy: "Date Used, Dec 25 1988". Two original 10 x 8 B&W photograph. Acquired from the archives of the Baltimore-Sun.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1987.67.0511, 1987.80.0214

   
   
   
MIDWAY GARDENS (1913)
   
Date: Designed in 1914 for Midway Gardens

Title: Front: “602 Midway, 1 / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Midway 1 Chair designed in 1914.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.26.0507

   
Date: Designed in 1914 for Midway Gardens

Title: Front: “603 Midway, 2 / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Midway 2 Chair designed in 1914.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.27.0507

 

   
Date: 1986

Title:
Midway Gardens Side Chairs 1986 (1913 - S.180).

Description:
Midway Gardens was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913, built in 1914 and demolished in 1929. This Midway Garden chair was designed by Wright in 1914, but never produced. In 1986, Cassina produced a line of furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Cassina 603 Midway 2. "The Characteristic of this chair is the lightness of the steel rod structural framework. It is part of a set that includes tables built along similar lines." Cassina Catalog, 1985, p.16-17. "Chairs in glossy enamelled steel rod, white, red, blue, or grey. Removable seat and back padded with polyurethane foam. This model is also available without padded back. Fabric upholstery." P.40-41. Matching tables sold with square or round crystal glass tops. The base is in glossy enamelled steel rod and available in white, red, blue or grey. Printed on base, "Cassina ©. A Design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Certified by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Stamped in frame: "1017" and "1053." Steel frame is in red enamel, seat in red vinyl.  Two chairs.

Size:
34.65" High x 15.75 Wide x 18.12" Deep. Seat is 18.31" High.


ST#:
1986.72.1016 1986.73.1016

See additional information.
   
   
   
TALIESIN II & III (1914/1925)
   
Date: 1915

Title: Dining Room Chair, Taliesin II (1914 - S.182), Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1915.

Description: Taken at the same time as a photograph published in "Architectural Record", October, 1915. This was taken after rebuilding from the fire of August 15, 1914, but before August, in time to go to production for publishing in October, 1915. Photographed by Henry Fuermann and Sons, most likely in July or August, 1915. Dated incorrectly, but courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0128.09.1211

   
Date: Circa 1926

Title: Dining Room (left) and Living Room, Taliesin III

Description: Appears to be the same set as seen in Taliesin II Dining Room, 1915, but with a modified back. In April 1925, fire struck Taliesin for the second time and destroyed the living quarters. Wright rebuilt again, expanding and enlarging the Dining and Living Room. Taken at the same time as S#172.02. Photographed by Henry Fuermann, W-42.

Size: 10 x 8

S#: 0172.03.1209

 

   

Date: Circa 1926

Title: Studio, Private Office, Taliesin III, Circa 1926.

Description: In August 1925, fire struck Taliesin for the second time and destroyed the living quarters. Wright rebuilt again, expanding and enlarging the Dining and Living Room. Right: Three armchairs, two variations. The back in the center chair varies from the back on the two outside chairs. A variation of the arm chair is visible in the 1915 Dining Room photograph, but the horizontal back is longer. The example on the left and right is also seen in the 1926 Dining Room. Possibly taken at the same time as S#172.02 and 172.03. Photographed by Henry Fuermann, W-21.

Size: 6.5 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.16.1213

   
   
   
IMPERIAL HOTEL (1915)
   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of the Main Lobby. Frank Lloyd Wright designed most of the furniture and carpets for the Imperial Hotel. The chair and table was designed by Wright, as was the armchair on the right. Woven cane was added between some of the legs of the table, and the chair on the left. Cane was also added to the back of the chair, and possibly the seat, then fabric to the front side of the chair back. The armchair is similar to armchairs seen in the bedrooms, but these do not appear to be upholstered with the "Imperial Triangle" fabric. The arm rests and legs are consistent with this style of bedroom furniture and match "stair step" design of floor lamps in the Imperial Hotel.

S#: 0156.49.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of the Main Lobby, from the North. Frank Lloyd Wright designed most of the furniture and carpets for the Imperial Hotel. The armchair matches details of other Wright designed furniture for the Imperial hotel. The armchairs is similar to armchairs seen in the bedrooms, but these do not appear to be upholstered with the "Imperial Triangle" fabric. The arm rests and legs are consistent with this style of bedroom furniture and match "stair step" design of floor lamps in the Imperial Hotel.

S#: 0156.49.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of bedroom. There is a writing desk and chair on the left. The edge of the desk and top have decoratively carved edges. Six drawers per side. The Chair is similar in design to one of the chairs designed for Midway Gardens. The seat is square, the back is shaped as a hexagon. Two pads are held in place by ties that are fed through the frame to the back side and match the "Imperial Triangle" fabric used throughout the room.

Size: 10 x 6 B&W photograph.

S#: 0156.50.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of bedroom. The two armchairs and hassock are upholstered with matching fabric, as is the bedspread and pillow cover.

S#: 0156.50.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of bedroom. The two armchairs and hassock are upholstered with matching fabric, as is the bedspread and pillow cover.

S#: 0156.50.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of bedroom. Single bed with the prairie styled headboard. The Chair, also seen on the far right, is similar in design to one of the chairs designed for Midway Gardens. The seat is square, the back is shaped as a hexagon. Two pads are held in place by ties that are fed through the frame to the back side and match the "Imperial Triangle" fabric used throughout the room. The two armchairs and hassock are upholstered with matching fabric, as is the bedspread and pillow cover. The carpet was designed by Wright.

S#: 0156.50.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of bedroom. The long desk/table is intricate and complex. The light stand is attached to one side of the table, has a large bulb that lights the desk, and an upper light that illuminated the ceiling.

S#: 0156.50.0115

   
Date: 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) 1923.

Description: View of possibly a bedroom suite sitting room. The armchairs are upholstered with "Imperial Triangle" fabric. The carpet matches the pattern in other bedrooms.

S#: 0156.51.0115

 

   
Date: Circa 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel Oak Desk

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. Sold at Christies on November 29, 1999 for $21,850. Courtesy of Christie's.

Size: 34 in. high, 35 in. wide, 25in. deep

 

   
Date: Circa 1923

Title: Imperial Hotel Single-Drawer Desk

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright single-drawer desk, for the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. Rectangular top, notched corner, molded Greek-key frieze, shallow drawer with brass pull. Sold on December 7th, 2013. Courtesy of Treadway Toomey.

Size: 28 in. high, 26 in wide, 28 in. deep

 

   
Date: 1981

Title: Side Chair. Imperial Hotel Side Chair, Tokyo, Japan (1915 - S.194) 1981.

Description: Original side chairs had caning on the seat, back and side. Wright repeated the hexagonal shape of the back of the seat in the table top and ceiling ornaments of the main lounge, creating a cohesive design for the hotel. Later, yellow fabric and leatherette became a common replacement for the seat and back caning. Three-quarter front view. Oak, burgundy fabric upholstered seat and back. 38 (H) x 16 (W) x 17 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Two original 4x5 Color Transparencies, two original 4x5 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.75.0413

   
   
   
OAK PARK PLAY HOUSES (1926) / WYOMING VALLEY SCHOOL (1958)
   
Date: 1958/1926

Title: Wyoming Valley School Chair & Stool (1956 - S.401) (Oak Park Play House - 1926)

Description: After contacting the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, New York City, where the Frank Lloyd Wright archives are held, we reviewed drawings and correspondence related to both projects. Specific information related to the furniture was lacking, but there were also large gaps in the correspondence. It appears that the chair and stool, as well as the table pictured, may have been a prototype. But due to the lack of funds, the existing furniture from the existing one-room school houses was consolidated and used in the new building.

Size: Chair: 21 3/8" wide at the base; 32 1/8" tall; 13 1/8" seat height; 16 7/8" seat diameter; 8 7/8" seat back diameter; 17 1/8" inside diameter of the legs. Stool: 23 7/8" wide at the base; 14" tall; 15 7/8" seat diameter; 16" inside diameter of the legs. Like much of Wright's furniture, it is constructed of plywood. Plywood 5/8" thick.

S#:
1259.50.0117
   
   
   
SC JOHNSON (1936)
   
Date: Designed in 1936 for the SC Johnson Administration Building

Title: Armchair 1936. SC Johnson Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Prototype armchair with three legs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter views. Warren McArthur Jr., son of one of Wright earliest clients (1892 - S.011), held patents on designs for hollow metal frame elements. He was the brother of Albert McArthur who was once an associate of Wright in Oak Park and designer of the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Warren McArthur Co., New York, manufactured the prototypes. Steelcase Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, went on to manufacture the furniture. Tubular Aluminum, upholstered seat, leather back and arms. 32 (H) x 19 (W) x 19 (D). This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 43. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. See additional SC Johnson Administration Building Chairs.

Size: 7.5 x 10 B&W photograph and 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.80.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Armchair 1936. S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building Arm Chair (1936 - S.237) 1981.

Description: Three legged arm chair with wheels, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936, three-quarter view facing left. Red painted aluminum, upholstered seat and back, wood arms are laminated. 37.5 (H) x __ (W) x 21.125 (D). Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: 3.5 x 5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.82.0413

   
   
   
HERBERT F. JOHNSON WINGSPREAD (1937)
   
Date: Designed in 1937 for the Herbert F. Johnson Residence

Title: Barrel Chair 1986.

Author: Atelier International, Ltd.

Description: Text on face: "Atelier International, Ltd. 595 Madison Avenue, N.Y. 10022."Label on verso: "Barrel Chair. Designed in : 1937. Frank Lloyd Wright." Stamped on verso: Dec 9, 1986." Wright first designed the Barrel chair for the Darwin Martin Residence. (S.100 - 1904), "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House", Quinan, 2004, pages 136,166-7, 181. Slight modifications were made to the design for the Herbert F. Johnson Residence, Wingspread (S.239 - 1937). This chair is manufactured after the Wingspread variation. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: Original 7.5 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1986.44.0711

   
Date: Designed in 1937 for the Herbert F. Johnson Residence

Title: Produced in 1986 by Atelier International,  Front: “606 Barrel / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Shown is the Barrel chair, designed in 1937.”  Furniture manufactured by Cassina. (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.30.0507

   
   
   
CLARENCE SONDERN RESIDENCE (1939 - S.279)
   
Date: 1940

Title: 6) Clarence W. Sondern Residence Dining Room after completion, 1940 (1939 - S.279).

Description: Clarence Sondern, was a laboratory director for a chemical company in Kansas City. The Sondern house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a Usonian home in 1939. John (Jack) Howe was the apprentice that supervised the construction. Viewed from the North, the Dining Room table is built-in. The Workspace (Kitchen) is entered on the right side of the table. Floor to ceiling doors open outward. Wright designed the Dining Room chairs and table.

Size: 8 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0531.48.0915-6

   
Date: 1993

Title: Clarence W. Sondern Residence Armchair, 1993 (1939 - S.279).

Description: Clarence Sondern, a laboratory director of a chemical company in Kansas City. The Sondern house was designed by Wright as a Usonian home in 1939. Wright designed three chairs for the home, published in "Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1937-1941 (6)," Pfeiffer, p.183. 1) "Lounge Chair." This chair (pictured) appears to be different than what Wright designed. "Revised chair details:" 2) Upholstered seats and 3) Dining Chair. This chair (pictured) appears to be a closer representation of #2, but with a few minor changes. #3, Dining Chair was also produced, but again with changes. In 1948, Arnold Adler (1948 - S.307) purchased the home and hired Wright to remodel and double the size of the home. This armchair was manufactured of cypress and cypress-faced plywood with upholstery, 30.5 x 24.75 x 26.25. A matching chair was sold at Christie's on May 12, 2005, for $24,000. A pair of Dining Chairs (#3) sold at Wright's Auction on December 11, 2014, for $19,000. They were originally in the Domino Pizza collection. "Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage," Hanks, pp.106-107, cypress plywood, upholstery. Label pasted to verso: " The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City, Missouri. 93-12/1. Furniture - American. Wright, Frank Lloyd. Armchair, ca 1940. Cedar plywood, fabric, foam rubber. 30.5 x 24.75 x 26.25." Acquired from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of art archives.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1993.80.0715

   

1) Armchair design 1939.  "Lounge Chair for Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Sondern, Kansas City." Courtesy of "Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1937-1941 (6)," Pfeiffer, p.183.

 

3) Dining Room Chair design 1939. "Revised Chair Detail. House for C. W. Sondern." Courtesy of "Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1937-1941 (6)," Pfeiffer, p.183.

   
   
Date: 2005

Title: Clarence W. Sondern Residence Armchair

Description: This armchair sold at Christie's on May 12, 2005, for $24,000. Courtesy of Christie's, New York.

   
Date: 2014

Title: Clarence W. Sondern Residence Dining Room Chair

Description: A pair of Dining Chairs sold at Wright's Auction on December 11, 2014, for $19,000. Courtesy of Wright's, Chicago.

   
   
   
   
GEORGE D. STURGES RESIDENCE (1939 - S.272)
   
Date: 1947

Title: George D. Sturges House, 1947 (1939 - S.272).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939. Photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero. View of the Dining area from the South. The Workspace is in the center background. The chairs were designed by Wright. In 1947, House and Garden asked Guerrero to photograph the Sturges house in preparation for an issue devoted to Wright’s work. "The plan did not succeed because there was not enough new or completed Wright houses in that postwar period to fill a whole issue. In preparation for it I did, however, photograph the Sturges house in Brentwood Heights..." Picturing Wright, 1994, Guerrero, p.96. Published on page 111.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0720.16.0216

   
Date: 1947

Title: George D. Sturges House, 1947 (1939 - S.272).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939. Photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero. View of the Dining area from the South. The Workspace is in the center background. A very good view of a Wright designed chair on the right. In 1947, House and Garden asked Guerrero to photograph the Sturges house in preparation for an issue devoted to Wright’s work. "The plan did not succeed because there was not enough new or completed Wright houses in that postwar period to fill a whole issue. In preparation for it I did, however, photograph the Sturges house in Brentwood Heights..." Picturing Wright, 1994, Guerrero, p.96.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0720.17.0216

   
   
   
USONIAN (1939)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Unidentified Usonian Dining Room Chair, Circa 1939.

Description: Seat slants up from the back, the back slants back. The two back legs slant outward, the tops of both legs are cut at an angle as is the outside lower corner. The front leg slants outward. The two center pieces slant down from the front to the back. We have identified six Usonian homes designed in 1939 that are very similar, but not exact: Rosenbaum (S.267), Goetsch/Winkler (S.269), Schwartz (S.271), Sturges (S.272), Baird (S.277) and Sondern (S.279). One possibility is that it could be a prototype. Constructed of solid wood, not plywood. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Three B&W 8 x 10 photographs.

ST#: 1981.134.0413

   
   
   
LLOYD LEWIS (1939)
   
Lloyd Lewis Side Chair, Courtesy of "Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture", Heinz, 1993.

Date: 1953

Title: A conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright and Hugh Downs 1953.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright photographed during the filming of the program, "Conversations with Elder Wise Men -- A Visit with Frank Lloyd Wright" Episode 105, filmed on May 8, 1953, Chicago. The host for the program was Hugh Downs. Clipping on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright, brilliant American architect, will be presented in a conversation with Hugh Downs of NBC’s Chicago staff, Sunday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. CT over WNBQ - Channel 5 and NBC. This will be the fifth in a series of filmed conversations with distinguished figures of this age." Stamped on clipping: "May 20 1953." Note: Interesting to note the chair Wright brought to the interview. It appears to be a side chair designed in 1939 for the Lloyd Lewis Residence (S.265). This placed Wright much higher than Downs, forcing him to continually look up at Wright during the interview.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0987.75.0115

   
   
   
MILLER (1946)
 
Date: Circa 1953 

Title: Dining Room Chair 1946. Alvin Miller Residence (1946 - S.289), Charles City, Iowa. Circa 1953.

Description: Viewed from the hall leading to the Workspace (kitchen). Was designed as a small one bedroom home, built on the banks of the Red Cedar River. Built of natural stone and cypress. Built-in cabinets and shelves are on the left. The Dining Room table is built into the stone wall in the center. Dining Room chairs were designed by Wright. A coffee table is built into the wall in the background. The ceiling above the Living Room is raised and clerestory windows allow in additional non-direct light. Two sets of floor to ceiling doors and two singles open outward in the Living Room on the right. Although the home was only 1,000 square feet, Wright featured it in "The Natural House". This photograph appeared on page 192. Photographed by Marc Neuhof. Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0987.45.06133

   
   
   
MOSSBERG (1948)
 
Date: 1981

Title: Dining Room Chair 1948, variant to a design for the Herman T. Mossberg Residence (1948 - S.302).

Description: Oak chair, three-quarter view, facing forward and to the right, the seat is upholstered, circa 1955. See House & Home - December, 1952, p. 66-73. Table and chairs are visible in this issue. Frank Lloyd Wright’s first use of this design was in 1925 for Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, (Decorative Designs, Hanks, 1979 p. 142). In 1948 the design became a part of the Herman T. Mossberg Residence (1948 - S.302), (Furniture, Heinz, 1993, p. 60-61). They were also included in the Jacobs 1 Residence (possibly mid 1980s) (1936 - S.234) (Interior Style, Ehrlich, 2003, p. 47, 132-3). An image in "Historic Preservation", July-Sept, 1976, p. 10 does not show these chairs, nor does "Building with Frank Lloyd Wright", Jacobs, 1978. A slight variation was designed for the Palmer Residence (1950 - S.332) (Wright Style, Lind, 1992, p. 149-150). According to the notes supplied with these photographs from Kelmscott Galleries, "the oak dining table and six chairs were commissioned by an art professor in Kansas City circa 1955." Chairs: 32.5 (H) x 21.75 (W) x 18.5 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Two 4 x 5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.93.0413

   
   
   
TALIESIN WEST (1946)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Taliesin West "Origami" Armchair Prototype (1937 - S.241) circa 1946.

Description: According to Hanks this chair was originally designed for Wright’s Taliesin West living room in 1946. It was constructed as a prototype by Burton B. Busch of the Kapp Cabinet Shop . It is signed "BBB". "Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage" pp. 108-9. Color image on page 109." "Burton B. Bush." This prototype was purchased by Thomas S. Monaghan in 1986 and became part of the Domino’s Pizza Collection. Hand written on verso: "B. B. Bush Prototype. Variations of this design can be found at the Sturges Residence (1939) later addition, Teater Studio (1952) added around 1987, Christian Residence "Samara" (1954) and the Stromquist Residence (1958) constructed by Geoffrey Fitzwilliam. Douglas fir, upholstered seat, back and interior sides with a medium green fabric, 30.5 (H) x 41.5 (W) x 36.625 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

ST#: 1981.125.0413

   
Date: Designed in 1949 for Taliesin West (1946)

Title: Produced in 1986 by Atelier International,  Front: “607 Taliesin / Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.”  (Produced by Atelier International, Ltd. New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC.) 

Description: (Postcard) Back: “We are Please to announce the most recent additions to our Masters Collection: The furniture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Shown is the Taliesin Chair designed in 1949.” (Corresponds to the Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cassina/ai Masters Program)

Size: 4 x 6

ST#: 1986.20.0506

   
   
   
WINN (1950)
   
Date: 1988

Title: Desk Chair 1950. Robert D. Winn Residence, Kalamazoo, Michigan (1950 - S.301).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for the Robert D. Winn Residence, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Seat slants up from the back, the back slants back. The front and back legs as well as the back support are matching pieces of wood cut into a fluid pattern. Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 141.

 

   
   
   
NATHAN RUBIN RESIDENCE (1951 - S.343)
   




Date: 1966

Title: Nathan Rubin Residence Interior and Furniture 1966 (1951 - S.343).

Description: One of three Wright homes built in Canton Ohio, home of the Football Hall of Fame. A Usonian house constructed of brick and horizontal redwood siding. The design is laid out utilizing a 2 foot by 4 foot module. Origami Armchair: In 1946, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Origami Armchair for Taliesin West. The Rubin armchair is a close adaptation with the addition if a carved design. Variations of this design can be found at the Sturges Residence (1939) later addition, Teater Studio (1952) added around 1987, Christian Residence "Samara" (1954) and the Stromquist Residence (1958) constructed by Geoffrey Fitzwilliam. Triangle side table: Two triangle side tables are very similar to the triangle tables Frank Lloyd Wright designed as part of the Heritage Henredon line of furniture, minus the decorative design carved along the edges and legs of the table. Stamped on verso: "Jan 18 1966; Photo by William A Wynne, Cleveland Plain Dealer; The Plain Dealer Library, Jan 24 1966." Hand written on verso: "Chairs & stool designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Home of Dr. Nathan A. Rubin, 518 44th St. N.W. , Canton, Ohio." Photographed by William A Wynne. Acquired from the archives of the Plain Dealer.

Size: Original 9 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#:
1679.15.0717

   
   
   
PRICE TOWER (1952)
   
Date: 1988

Title: Armchair circa 1953-1956. Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (1952 - S.355).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for the Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Hexagonal back and seat are raised on a pedestal supported by a modified hexagonal base. The long arms slope downward. The chair-back is supported by a spine like support. Seat is upholstered. Aluminum, 32.5 (H). Courtesy Christie's, New York, June 11, 1988, plate 137.

 

   
   
   
THAXTON (1954)
   
Date: 2015

Title: Dining Room Table and Stools designed in 1954

Description: In 1954, William L. Thaxton, an insurance executive, commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the only home in Houston, Texas. The 1,800 square foot house, originally estimated to cost $25,000-35,000, ended up costing about $125,000 to build. "You didn't work with Mr. Wright," said Mr. Thaxton, "you presented Mr. Wright with a piece of property." The outdoor swimming pool adjacent to the master bedroom was originally designed to be partially inside the master bedroom, but Thaxton dissuaded by him. Redwood was used throughout.
   
   
   
LENKURT ELECTRIC CO. (PROJECT 1955)
   


The Lenkurt Electric Co. Project. "This extensive project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Lenkurt Electric Co. Is an industrial building for highly technical electronic work..." L’architettura - No.49 - November 1959 (Published Monthly by ETAS, Milan, Italy)


Interior illustrations of The Lenkurt Electric Co. Project:


   
   
   
   
RAYWARD (1955)
   
Date: 1981

Title: Dining Room Chair 1955, designed for the John L. Rayward Residence "Tirranna", New Canaan, Conn (1955 - S.383), 1981.

Description: Oak chair, three-quarter view, facing forward and to the left. Light oak, upholstered seat, copper trim along the base, 49.5 (H) x 20 (W) x 21 (D). According to David Hanks, "Decorative Designs", 1979, pp. 164-5, the Raywards gave one chair (pictured page 165) to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1963. This was the same year the home was sold to H. R. Shepherd who completed the home. We have not located any photographs showing these chairs in the Rayward home. This design was also used in the Harold Price Sr. Residence (1954 - S.378), with a cushion added to the back (see Frank Lloyd Wright Select House 8, pp 145-7). They are also seen in the Donald Lovness Residence (1955 - S.391) (see Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1951-1959, pp.174-5). A slight variation has been seen at the Robert Walton Residence (1957 - S.421). Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: Three 8 x 10 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.97.0413

   
   
PAPPAS RESIDENCE (1955)
   
Date: 1995 (Date of Photograph)

Title: Theodore and Bette Pappas Residence

Description: Theodore and Bette Pappas Residence Dining Room Table and Chairs. Note detail on the edge of the dining room table. It appears on other tables and also coffee tables. Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: No Passing Fancy.
   
Date: 1995 (Date of Photograph)

Title: Theodore and Bette Pappas Residence

Description: Theodore and Bette Pappas Residence Family Room Table and Chairs. Note detail on the edge of the family room table. It appears on other tables and also coffee tables. Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: No Passing Fancy.
   
   
   
HERITAGE-HENREDON (1955/73)
   

In 1973, the Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana exhibited never produced Frank Lloyd Wright designed "Four Square" furniture including a high back chair, low back chair with and without arm, three different hassocks, and a footstool built specifically for the exhibition. Also on display were large "Four Square" boxes, used as display pedestals, but almost appear as end tables. The high back chair, low back chair with arms and one of the hassocks were later published in "The Prairie School Tradition," 1979/1985, p.112-113.

Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" High Back Chair designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "High Back Chair. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Low Back Chair With Arms designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Low Back Chair With Arms. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Low Back Chair designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Low Back Chair. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Hassock designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Hassock. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Hassock designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Hassock. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Hassock designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Hassock. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
Date: 1955/1973

Title:
Frank Lloyd Wright "Four Square" Footstool designed for the Heritage Henredon Line of Fine Furniture, 1955/1973.

Description:
Caption: "Footstool. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright initially for the Heritage Henredon Fine Furniture in 1955. Never before constructed. Built specifically for this exhibition by Yellowstone Art Center Craftsmen." Published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Yellowstone Art Center. Courtesy of the Yellowstone Art Center.
   
   
   
WYOMING VALLEY SCHOOL (1958) / OAK PARK PLAY HOUSES (1926)
   
Date: 1958/1926

Title: Wyoming Valley School Chair & Stool (1956 - S.401) (Oak Park Play House - 1926)

Description: After contacting the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, New York City, where the Frank Lloyd Wright archives are held, we reviewed drawings and correspondence related to both projects. Specific information related to the furniture was lacking, but there were also large gaps in the correspondence. It appears that the chair and stool, as well as the table pictured, may have been a prototype. But due to the lack of funds, the existing furniture from the existing one-room school houses was consolidated and used in the new building.

Size: Chair: 21 3/8" wide at the base; 32 1/8" tall; 13 1/8" seat height; 16 7/8" seat diameter; 8 7/8" seat back diameter; 17 1/8" inside diameter of the legs. Stool: 23 7/8" wide at the base; 14" tall; 15 7/8" seat diameter; 16" inside diameter of the legs. Like much of Wright's furniture, it is constructed of plywood. Plywood 5/8" thick.

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LYKES (1959)
     
Date: Circa 1968

Title: Aime and Norman Lykes Residence Living Room, Circa 1968 (1959 - S.433).

Description: Detail of the Lykes Residence Dining Room table and chairs. According to John Rattenbury, a few days before his death, Wright sketched out the plans for the home, set them aside, but never was able to returned to them, due to his death. Rattenbury completed the working drawings and specifications in 1966. Construction took place on the home for the next two years. Rattenbury designed the furniture and built-ins, adapted from the original plans created by Wright before his death. Photographed by William Storrer, circa 1968. Courtesy of the Oak Park Public Library.

 

   
Date: 1970

Title: Aime and Norman Lykes Residence Living Room, 1970 (1959 - S.433).

Description: Detail of the round Lykes Residence Dining Room table. Lykes Residence Living Room viewed from the study. The fireplace is on the far left. The exit to the Garden Court is on the left behind Aime Lykes. Built-in seating under the windows are on the right. John Rattenbury worked with Wright on the initial plans for the home. According to Rattenbury, a few days before his death, Wright sketched out the plans for the home, set them aside, but never was able to returned to them, due to his death. Rattenbury completed the working drawings and specifications in 1966. He designed the furniture and built-ins, adapted from the original plans created by Wright before his death. The round Dining Room table is on the left. A small round end table is in the center. A hassock and coffee table is on the right. Photographed by Neil Koppes.

 

   
Date: 1970

Title: Aime and Norman Lykes Residence Living Room, 1970 (1959 - S.433).

Description: Detail of the Lykes Residence hassock and coffee table.  Lykes Residence Living Room viewed from the study. The fireplace is on the far left. The exit to the Garden Court is on the left behind Aime Lykes. Built-in seating under the windows are on the right. John Rattenbury worked with Wright on the initial plans for the home. According to Rattenbury, a few days before his death, Wright sketched out the plans for the home, set them aside, but never was able to returned to them, due to his death. Rattenbury completed the working drawings and specifications in 1966. He designed the furniture and built-ins, adapted from the original plans created by Wright before his death. The round Dining Room table is on the left. A small round end table is in the center. A hassock and coffee table is on the right. Photographed by Neil Koppes.

 

 

   
   
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