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Side Chair

A work made of mahogany, ebony, and upholstery.

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  • A work made of mahogany, ebony, and upholstery.




Charles Sumner Greene
American, 1868–1957
Made by Peter Hall Manufacturing Company
American, 1906–1922
Pasadena, California

About this artwork

At the height of their careers, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene designed the Pasadena winter residence of the midwestern lumber baron Robert R. Blacker. The Blacker House (1907–09) marries Asian simplicity with the openness of California’s Hispanic haciendas and demonstrates the brothers’ masterful integration of an architectural plan with interior furnishings. This side chair—which Charles Greene designed for the Blacker House’s living room—display hallmarks of his mature style. Here he combined exquisite workmanship and elaborate joinery with poetic details like ebony pegs and abstract cutaways on the chairback.


On View, Gallery 178


Arts of the Americas


Charles Sumner Greene


Side Chair


Pasadena (Object made in)

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c. 1907–1909


Mahogany, ebony, and upholstery


95.3 × 50.2 × 45.7 cm (37 1/2 × 19 3/4 × 18 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

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