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Side Chair (Germany), 1902

This is a Side chair. It is dated 1902 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is joined oak, pine, woven rush caning. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Peter Behrens, a highly influential modern designer, created this chair for his model dining room in the 1902 “Modern Art of Home-Living” exhibition at Berlin’s Wertheim Department Store, one of the first to showcase modern design to a broad audience. Everything in Behrens’s room—the walls, cutlery, furnishings, etc.—employed a linear, Art Nouveau aesthetic. Items in the exhibition, which included rooms by at least ten artists, were available for sale.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 98.4 x 55 x 45 cm (38 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 17 11/16 in.)

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Side Chair (Germany), 1902; joined oak, pine, woven rush caning; H x W x D: 98.4 x 55 x 45 cm (38 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 17 11/16 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment; 1985-121-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Berlin 1900-1933: Architecture and Design.

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