E.W. Godwin / Greek-style Side Chair / about 1885E.W. Godwin
Greek-style Side Chair
about 1885

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Creator Name: Godwin, E.W.
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1833 - 1886
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: E.W. Godwin
Creator Name: Walt, William
Creator Role: Manufacturer
Creator Name-CRT: William Walt
Title: Greek-style Side Chair
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1883
Creation End Date: 1887
Creation Date: about 1885
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: wood, cloth upholstery
Dimensions: H.40-1/2 x W.16-3/4 x D.19-1/2 in. (overall)
Inscriptions: LABEL
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 2000.43a,b
Credit Line: The Ulrich Acquisition Fund for Modern Design
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

This chair is known as a "Greek" chair because the legs were similar to those on Greek thrones and stools, which Godwin sketched from the Elgin marbles in the British Museum. The design is extremely forward-looking for its time. The lack of superficial ornament, airy, see-through elements, and overall angularity was an inspiration to the modern design movement. The chair's slanted back provides a dramatic visual continuum from Godwin to Frank Lloyd Wright's slanted-back chair, seen nearby.

AMICA ID: MIA_.2000.43a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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