Side Chair for the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959)
Maker, attributed to: Matthew Brothers Furniture Company (active 1857-1937)

Probably designed February 3, 1921

American Decorative Arts

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered the progenitor of modernism in America. This chair is from Wright's 1916–22 commission for the Imperial Hotel, in Tokyo, Japan. It was but one component in the interior scheme, which included accessories that Wright designed for the tearoom of the hotel. The bold Cubist composition of the chair was a forerunner of the angular designs of a decade later.




37 13/16 × 15 9/16 × 19 1/4 in. (96 × 39.6 × 48.9 cm)

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Bequest of Wilma B. Keyes

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20th century


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Commissioned by the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, after 1921-67; sold with the contents of the hotel at a deaprtment store in Nagoya, Japan, 1967; purchased through an unknown agent by Wilma B. Keyes, Mansfield Center, Conn., 1967-94
  • 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), 59, no. 28
  • "Acquisitions, January 1994–December 1995," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96), 143, ill
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