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Side Chair (France)

This is a Side Chair. It was designed by Emile Gallé and manufactured by Etablissement Gallé and retailed by Marshall Field and Co.. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1979. Its medium is pearwood, various woods (marquetry), upholstery (replaced). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This side chair and the folding desk nearby are examples of French
art nouveau furniture sold to American shoppers at Chicago’s
department store Marshall Field & Co. Gallé opened a small
woodworking shop in 1884–85 where these pieces were created.
The designer was attracted to the variety, figure, grain, color, and
transparency of different woods, whose diversity he featured in
his marquetry work

This object was donated by Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Jefferson Patterson.

  • Tray
  • walnut, various wood inlays.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment.
  • 1985-122-1
  • Vase (France)
  • glass.
  • Gift of the Estate of Max Kobre.
  • 1996-45-11

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Vase (France)
  • glass.
  • Gift of the Estate of Max Kobre.
  • 1996-45-13
  • Vase (France)
  • blown, cased, acid etched glass.
  • Gift of the Estate of Max Kobre.
  • 1996-45-17

Its dimensions are

90.5 x 39 x 37 cm (35 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 14 9/16 in. )

It has the following markings

Retailer's label: "Fine Furniture, MARSHALL FIELD AND CO., Chicago"

It is signed

Signed: "Emile Gallé, Nancy, FRANCE"

Cite this object as

Side Chair (France); Designed by Emile Gallé (French, 1846–1904); Manufactured by Etablissement Gallé; Retailed by Marshall Field and Co.; pearwood, various woods (marquetry), upholstery (replaced); 90.5 x 39 x 37 cm (35 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 14 9/16 in. ); Gift of Mrs. Jefferson Patterson; 1979-54-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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