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Hall Chair

A work made of oak with black stain.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oak with black stain.


c. 1900


Charles Rohlfs
American, 1853–1936

About this artwork

The son of a New York cabinetmaker, Charles Rohlfs spent his early years working as a designer of cast-iron stoves and furnaces while pursuing an acting career in his spare time. In 1884 he married the novelist Anna Katharine Greene and moved with her to Buffalo, where he took up woodworking after being unable to afford high-quality furniture. What began as a personal venture had become a commercial endeavor by 1898. The first of Rohlfs’s exhibitions to receive national attention was held at Chicago’s Marshall Field and Company department store. Among the many items for sale was a hall chair similar to this example, which calls to mind the dramatically attenuated furniture of the Scottish architect-designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


On View, Gallery 177


Arts of the Americas


Charles Rohlfs


Hall Chair


Buffalo (Object made in)

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c. 1900


Oak with black stain


Stamped twice, once in red and once in black, on front apron within a bow saw: "R"


144.8 × 48.3 × 38.7 cm (57 × 19 × 15 1/4 in.)

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Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Mrs. Eric Oldberg and Mr. and Mrs. Morris S. Weeden

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