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Pratt House Model Rocking Chair, 1912

This is a Rocking chair. It is dated 1912 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is joined and carved honduras mahogany and ebony, leather -upholstered slip-in seat cushion. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This refined rocking chair was designed by the architects Charles and Henry Greene for the Pratt House built in the foothills above Ojai, California. Greene and Greene’s signature use of Asian elements can be identified in the square ebony pegs, "cloud lift" apron, and wave-like voids in the slats evocative of the riverbed that wound around the property and gave the house its name of "Casa Barranca" (house of the ravine).

This object was purchased with funds from: Marilyn Friedman, Jacqueline Loewe Fowler and George R. Kravis II. It is credited Museum purchase from Members’ Acquisitions Fund of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and through gift in honor of Elizabeth Ainslie from Nancy Marks, Marilyn Friedman, Enid Morse, Lisa Roberts, Judy Francis Zankel, Jacqueline Fowler, Paul and Alexandra Herzan, Joseph Holtzman, and George R. Kravis II.

  • Side Chair (USA), ca. 1925
  • painted wood.
  • Gift of Dorothy S. Teegen and Carola Teegen Walton in memory of Otto J. Teegen.
  • 1985-13-1
  • Rocking Chair
  • steamed, bent sawn oak slats, nailed to bent hickory wood bark-covered branches.
  • 2014-44-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 101.5 × 63.5 × 82 cm (39 15/16 in. × 25 in. × 32 5/16 in.)

It is signed

unsigned

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Pratt House Model Rocking Chair, 1912; joined and carved honduras mahogany and ebony, leather -upholstered slip-in seat cushion; H x W x D: 101.5 × 63.5 × 82 cm (39 15/16 in. × 25 in. × 32 5/16 in.); Museum purchase from Members’ Acquisitions Fund of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and through gift in honor of Elizabeth Ainslie from Nancy Marks, Marilyn Friedman, Enid Morse, Lisa Roberts, Judy Francis Zankel, Jacqueline Fowler, Paul and Alexandra Herzan, Joseph Holtzman, and George R. Kravis II; 2015-9-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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