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In the Manner of Edward William Godwin
19TH CENTURY
'GREEK' CHAIR
oak, rush
105.8 by 41.5 by 46cm.; 41 5/8 by 16¼ by 18 1/8 in.
Executed circa 1885.
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Provenance

Christie's London, 'The Chair', 29 October 1997, lot 17

Literature

Susan Weber Soros, The Secular Furniture of E.W. Godwin, New Haven, 1999, pp.135-136 for related examples, p. 260, cat. no. 508, illustrated

Catalogue Note

The present lot relates to Godwin’s ‘Greek’ chair, the original of which was inspired by a stool depicted on the East Frieze of the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum. The first sketch he made of the stool dates around 1883. However, it is known that he had created a line of Anglo-Greek furniture for Waugh and Sons in 1876, of which no designs have ever emerged. In the 1880s, when working on a Greek play, Godwin resurrected the Greek theme and designed a line of Anglo-Greek chairs which were marketed commercially by William Watt and produced in several versions. The first version of the ‘Greek’ chair showed historicist references that were later simplified, producing a stripped-down abstract form that appears almost Modernist.

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