George Grant Elmslie / Side  chair / c.  1914George Grant Elmslie
Side chair
c. 1914

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Creator Name: Elmslie George
Creator Nationality: American (born Scotland), Minnesota
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1871 - 1952
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: George Grant Elmslie
Creator Name: Purcell William
Creator Nationality: American, Minnesota
Creator Dates/Places: 1880 - 1965
Creator Name-CRT: William Gray Purcell
Title: Side chair
View: 3/4 view
Creation Start Date: 1904
Creation End Date: 1924
Creation Date: c. 1914
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: Pine, oak, birch, horsehair upholstery
Dimensions: H.50 X W.19-1/4 x D.20 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 93.89.1
Credit Line: Gift of Susan Decker Barrows
Provenance: Edward W. and Susie M. Spaulding Decker Susan Decker Barrows
Context: In 1913 Purcell and Elmslie built a large summer residence for Edward W. Decker, a Minneapolis banker, on a wooded lot on Lake Minnetonka. The dining room furniture is unlike any other by Purcell and Elmslie. It is constructed of pine, a wood appropriate for a summer house, with chair seats upholstered in hard-wearing horsehair, once a deep blue. The chair backs have no decorative design, letting the form tell the story. The molding on the side-rail terminals and on the feet matched that of the built-in buffets. Purcell later noted that, "Mr. Decker spent all the money that was necessary to make our architectural thesis complete in all its detail...really an integral work in every department."
Exhibition History: Prairie School Architecture in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, 1982 Minnesota 1900: Art and Life on the Mississippi, 1890-1915, The Minneapolis Instittute of Arts, 1994
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Related Multimedia Description: Unified Vision: In the late 19th century, Louis Sullivan conceived the idea of an authentic American architecture suited to the needs of people living in the modern age.Employing his principles of unified design, Sullivan's followers, including Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George Grant Elmslie, developed what is now known as the Prairie School.Unified Vision explores these modern concepts through the exemplary Prairie School collection at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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AMICA ID: MIA_.93.89.1
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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