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Although Francois Jourdain was known primarily as a painter, he was also an accomplished designer and a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes, an important group of avant-garde designers. This adjustable chair is rendered in the Art Moderne style, which is characterized by simple, bold curves. The use of exotic mahogany and cane alludes to the French colonial empire, still partially intact during this period. The chair was manufactured by Jourdain’s own firm, Les Ateliers Modernes.
MANUFACTURER Les Atelier Modernes
MEDIUM Mahogany, plant fiber
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1928
    DIMENSIONS 30 x 37 x 27 1/2 in. (76.2 x 94 x 69.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2006.80.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Frederick A. McConkey
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Francois Jourdain (French, 1876-1958). Armchair, ca. 1928. Mahogany, plant fiber, 30 x 37 x 27 1/2 in. (76.2 x 94 x 69.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederick A. McConkey, 2006.80.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.2006.80.1_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Adjustable arm chair comprised of rectilinear members. Square seat back attached by hinge to square seat notched on bottom, attached at midpoint of seat back and towards front of seat. Continuous arm rest, front leg, runner, and back leg that curves upward from back runner to front of arm rest. Squared seat back and seat of woven cane forming checkerboard pattern.
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