Chiavari Side Chair

Chiavari Side Chair

1807, Manufacture date: 1807-1855
Designer
Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, Italian, 1767-1855
Country
Italy
side chair
Walnut and cane
Doris Prichard, Mr. and Mrs. Vance Kirkland in memory of Albert Byron Olson, and Mr. and Mrs. John Bunker (by exchange)
1997.307

Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, Chiavari Side Chair, 1807, produced 1807–55. Walnut and cane; 33 7/8 x 17 3/8 x 16 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds provided by Doris Prichard, Mr. and Mrs. Vance Kirkland in memory of Albert Byron Olson, and Mr. and Mrs. John Bunker (by exchange), 1997.307.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 33 7/8 in, 86.0425 cm; width: 17 3/8 in, 44.1325 cm; depth: 16 in, 40.6400 cm; seat height: 17 1/2 in, 44.45 cm
Inscription
Label center support of seat back.
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

The Chiavari is a small, lightweight ladder-back chair produced in various versions by countless manufacturers. The chair was originally designed by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, a furniture maker in the small town of Chiavari on Italy’s western coast. In the 1950s the Chiavari chair inspired Gio Ponti to design his Superleggera (superlight) chair, which updated Descalzi’s pursuit of light, graceful lines in a midcentury modern style.

Known Provenance
Purchased 1997 at (Christie's), London by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • “Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 12/31/2022