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The furnishings exhibited at the Paris 1925 International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts were a cause for great excitement and inspiration for designers and consumers alike, who looked forward to the future in the wake of the First World War. Hammond Kroll, who was interested in American Colonial furnishings and began cabinetmaking at age twenty-two, was one of the designers who, by his own account, were "fired up" by the Paris exhibition. During his brief career in furniture design, between 1927 and 1939, Kroll crafted high-quality sparsely decorated elegant furniture such as this chair, part of a suite given to the Museum.

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