designed ca. 1897, made ca. 1897-1904
Furniture and Furnishings
Decorative Arts
padouk wood, rush
Overall: 37 × 17 3/8 × 16 in. (93.98 × 44.13 × 40.64 cm)
Not on view
Architect and designer Henry van de Velde created Bloemenwerf, his house in a rural village outside Brussels. He based his design on the model of modern cottage architecture. Van de Velde and his wife designed the entire interior, which included varnished oak furniture and rush-seat chairs. The dining room contained eight side chairs, two armchairs, a child’s high chair, a buffet, a china cabinet, and a table. The dining room side chair, designed in 1895, was put into production between 1896 and 1898. The museum’s example is from this later series.
Printed on bottom: ZOLL 1-10; remants of paper label: LE GARLE MEUBLE PUBLIC 18 RUE ST. AUGUTINE 937
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
"Mackintosh to Mollino: Fifty Years of Chair Design," Barry Friedman Ltd., NY, Nov. 13, 1984 - Feb. 13, 1985.
Sigfried Giedion. Space, Time, and Architecture (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1941) illus., p. 292

Nickolaus Pevsner. Pioneers of Modern Design (NY: The Museum of Modern Art, 1949) illus., p. 62

Stephan Tschudi Madsen. Sources of Art Nouveau (Oslo: H. Aschehoug, 1956) illus., p. 326.

Peter Selz and Mildred Constantine, Art Nouveau (NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1962) illus., p. 141

Robert Schutzler, Art Nouveau (NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1962) illus., p. 141

Henry Clement van de Velde. Geschichtes meines Lebens (Munich: R. Piper Verlag, 1962) illus., p. 37

Abraham Marie Hammacher. Le Monde de Henry van de Velde. (Paris: Anvers, 1967), illus., p. 80, p. 175.

Pioneers du XXeme Siecle (Paris: Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 1971) illus., p. 109

Franco Borsi, Bruxelles 1900 (Bruxelles: Marc Vokaer, Editeur, 1974) illus., p. 144

Erika Gysling-Bileter, Objeke des Jugendstils (Bern: Benteli, 1975) illus., pp. 144-5

Christie, Manson & Woods. Important 20th Century Decorative Arts, cataloge, December 16, 1983. illus., p. 154, no. 331

Frederick R. Brandt. Late 19th and Early 20th Century Decorative Arts (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1985) cat. no. 4, illus., pp. 48-9.

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