Greek Side Chair

Greek Side Chair

c. 1885
Edward William Godwin, British, 1833-1886
Born: Bristol, England
Work Locations: London, England
side chair
Oak and rush
Accession Number
Credit Line
Funds from the 2004 Louis Comfort Tiffany Gala
Edward William Godwin (British). Greek Side Chair. c. 1885. Oak and rush. Funds from the 2004 Louis Comfort Tiffany Gala. 2004.79.
height: 41 1/2 in, 105.41 cm; width: 16 1/4 in, 41.275 cm; depth: 18 3/16 in, 46.1963 cm; seat height: 16 59/64 in, 42.9816 cm
Architecture and Design
Architecture and Design

School of Edward William Godwin
Greek Side Chair
About 1885
Oak and rush
The 2004 Louis Comfort Tiffany Gala Fund, 2004.79

This side chair is an example of Aestheticism, an austere decorative style influenced by the rapid industrialization of Western society in the late 1800s. Aesthetic furniture and decorative objects exhibited a strong influence from Japanese art and construction techniques, thanks to newly opened trade routes with that country. The work of designers such as Godwin looked very different from the heavily decorated furniture produced in the preceding decades of the Victorian era. 

Known Provenance
Purchased 2004 from (The Fine Art Society PLC), London by the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • "What Is Modern?"—Denver Art Museum, 10/30/2010 - 3/24/2013 (object on view 6/21/2012 - 3/24/2013)

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