"Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona," The Architectural Record, July 1929, p. 37 (showing the chair model in one of the hotel's five-room suites) Candice St. Jacques Miles, Arizona Biltmore: Jewel of Dreams, Scottsdale, 1985, p. 25 (for related designs) and pp. 27, 29 and back cover
Albert Chase McArthur, a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, completed the famed Biltmore Hotel in 1929 with the consultation of his mentor. The furniture designed for the interior was created by his brother, Warren McArthur and KEM Weber. McArthur's designs for the hotel for the most part incorporated wrought iron, while Weber utilized wood. Both maintained in their designs a strict linear pattern, which reiterated the geometric concrete blocks designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on the exterior of the structure.
Overall very good condition. The wooden frame with minor surface scratches and dings as expected. The chair has been sensitively re-upholstered, and the upholstery is in excellent condition and well matched to the form. A superb example of a very rare chair from a significant commission. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.