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Frank Lloyd Wright

chair

Frank Lloyd Wright
(American, 1867-1959)
chair
Usonian Exhibition House, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1953
oak, plywood, details in Cherokee red
18 in. wide x 19 in. deep x 37 in. high

Price upon request

Executed by Plycraft Products, Port Washington, New York

Provenance:
Sotheby’s New York, December 12, 2003

Exhibited:
Usonian Exhibition House, Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 22 October – 29 November 1953

Literature:
‘’Bechtolds Build Furniture for Wright Exhibit,’’ The Port Washington Reporter, October 2, 1953, p. 2 (for a discussion of the Usonian House furniture)
House of Wright is Previewed Here, New York Times, October 21, 1953 (for an illustration of the chair)
James Marston Fitch, ‘’This Exhibition House Symbolized Frank Lloyd Wright’s Contribution to Your Daily Life,’’ House Beautiful, November 1955, pp. 264-265
David A. Hanks, The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, 1979, p. 160 (for a period illustration of the dining room)
The Chairs of Frank Lloyd Wright, exh. cat., Yale University School of Architecture, 1987, n.p.
David A. Hanks, Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Decorative Designs from the Domino’s Pizza Collection, New York, 1989, p. 110 (for a period illustration of the dining room)
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Phoenix Papers, Volume II: The Natural Pattern of Structure, exh. cat., Herberger Center for Design Excellence, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1991, cover, frontispiece, pp. 130-131 and 136 (for a period photograph of the Usonian House dining/living room)
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright: Interiors and Furniture, London, 1994, p. 213 (for a period illustration of the dining room)

For the Guggenheim Museum’s Sixty Years of Living Architecture retrospective of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in 1953, Wright built a fully furnished ‘’Usonian House’’ and pavilion in the museum gardens. The house was described in a New York Times article as a ‘’fusion of architecture and furnishings, the blending of indoors and out.’’ The chairs offered here were designed and built specifically for the exhibition house. Wright later used the same model for the Trier House, Iowa, 1956.

SKU: P60