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Title [Design for a Chair: Eagle Insurance Company]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date 1900
Extended Description Design for leather upholstered dining chair.
Id Number Current Accession F.69.2
Id Number Current Repository 1256
Inscription Recto - In pen; "Rails slightly curved"; "Slightly curved down"; "2 thicknesses of thick leather saddles stitched together"; and in pencil - "I think perhaps this is the better chair" and "Log".
Location Creation Site London (probably 2 Gray´s Inn Square)
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Measurements Dimensions 267 x 210 mm
Material Pen and ink with pencil on paper.
Notes Designed for Eagle Star Insurance building, 1900. There is also a rough sketch for a desk with in-built drawers on the verso; this must have been drawn with the Eagle Insurance Company building in mind.
Object Notes Sketched designs for a chair with a padded seat and back rest Front elevation, perspective view and details. ObjectItem.Notes in Lethaby's hand. Padded back rest stitched in diamond shapes with the letters "EC" and the date "1900", which would presumably have been tooled or embroidered onto the leather. Detail of the studs piercing the leather and wood to hold it secure (cross section). Drawing on the verso looks like it may be a very rough design for a desk with in-built drawers (also for the Eagle Insurance buliding presumably).
Relation Exhibition W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, London, Central School of Arts and Crafts
Relation References Book: Rubens;Godfrey;, William Richard Lethaby: his life and work 1857-1931, Architectural Press. 1986.
Sale catalogue: Christies. 29 October 1991.
Thesis: Rubens;Godfrey;, The life and work of William Richard Lethaby (1857-1931), Ph.D., Unive
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Source Christie´s; A.B. Waters CBE
Technique Pen and ink drawing
Work Type Fine Art



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