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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Oskar Stonorov, American, born Germany, 1905–1970
Designer: Willo von Moltke, American, born Germany, 1911–1987

Side Chair


Walnut, maple, and rush

33 1/8 × 16 1/2 × 18 in. (84.1 × 41.9 × 45.7 cm)
Gift of Jane Ritchie in memory of Andrew C. Ritchie
This chair is from a suite that the donor used as dining room chairs with a case piece by the same designers. The heavy rush upholstery of the back and seat demonstrates how designers returned to the use of natural materials in interior furnishings on the eve of World War II.
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On view
20th century

Purchased from Organic Design in Home Furnishings by Jane Thompson Ritchie and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, New York, then Buffalo, New York, New Haven, Conn., and Canaan, Conn., 1941-81


“Acquisitions 1981,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 3 (Winter 1983): 73.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 360–61, no. 252.

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