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Chairs in the Collection  

This recently acquired armchair enhances an already extensive collection of chairs in the museum. Chairs, unlike many forms of furniture, are universal, explains Sarah Nichols, chief curator and curator of decorative arts. "We always have to have somewhere to sit down. You can line up chairs and think about design issues, about social issues."  

The decorative arts collection emphasizes architect-designed objects. Little is known about G. Fisseux, the maker, but the design of this chair was clearly influenced by the publications of Viollet-le-Duc, a key figure in the restoration of many French Gothic cathedrals. "This is a great example of the Gothic revival style in France." And, Nichols adds, "Itís a very imposing chair."  

A new poster highlighting 20 magnificent chairs from the collection is available in the Museum of Art shop. 

 
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