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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Eugene Schoen, American, 1880–1957
Manufacturer: Schmieg, Hungate and Kotzian, Inc., American, 1924–1933

Armchair and side chair


Rosewood, rosewood veneer, mahogany, bird's-eye maple veneer, possibly birch

36 1/2 × 23 × 22 1/2 in. (92.7 × 58.4 × 57.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Marx, B.S. 1925
This chair is from a dining room suite that was part of a commission designed by Schoen for an apartment in Manhattan. Inspired by eighteenth-century ladder-back chairs, this chair is an example of how modern designers made subtle use of historical prototypes by simplifying and abstracting past forms.
Made in New York, New York
Designed in New York, New York
On view*
20th century

Purchased by Emily Marx House and Victor House, New York, 1931-66; inherited by Virginia and Leonard Marx, Scarsdale, N.Y., 1966-84


“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 76.

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), 239, no. 162.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.