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On display at V&A South Kensington
Furniture, Room 133, The Dr Susan Weber Gallery

Hooded Chair

ca. 1890 - 1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This hooded chair was almost certainly made in Kirkwall by David Kirkness. The hooded chair was the most expensive of Kirkness's four chair types. The box beneath the seat, sometimes with a plain panel instead of a drawer, was seen in many Orkney chairs in the nineteenth century, but the hooded top was more unusual.

Originally designed to offer warmth, the hooded chair appealed to turn-of-the-century romanticism about the Scottish Islands as much as practical utility. This chair was one of a pair that belonged to the Welsh painter Augustus John (1878-1961). When acquired by the museum its drawer contained Volume II of Songs of the Hebrides, a song book published in 1917, further emphasising the chair's romantic associations.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Armchair
  • Drawer
Materials and Techniques
Back: straw (probably black oat) sewn with bent grass. Seat: rush over pine. Handle: cast brass
Brief Description
Orkney hooded armchair, white pine and straw sewn with bent grass and rush, probably by David Kirkness, Orkney, ca. 1900 - 1920
Physical Description
Orkney hooded armchair. The back of the chair consists of straw, probably black oat, sewn with bent grass. The seat is rush over pine and the handle is made of cast brass.
Dimensions
  • Height: 149.5cm
  • Width: 63.8cm
  • Depth: 58.8cm
Gallery Label
'Hooded Chair' 1890s Designed and almost certainly made by David Kirkness (1855 - 1936) Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) Made before 1936 Frame: white pine Back: straw (probably black oat) sewn with bent grass Seat: rush over pine Handle: cast brass Formerly owned by the painter Augustus John Museum no. W.1-2012 This was the most expensive of Kirkness's four chair types. The box beneath the seat, sometimes with a plain panel instead of a drawer, was seen in many Orkney chairs in the 19th century, but the hooded top was more unusual. Designed to offer warmth, the hooded chair appealed to turn-of-the-century romanticism about the Scottish Islands as much as practical utility.(01/12/2012)
Object history
Formerly owned by the painter Augustus John.
Summary
This hooded chair was almost certainly made in Kirkwall by David Kirkness. The hooded chair was the most expensive of Kirkness's four chair types. The box beneath the seat, sometimes with a plain panel instead of a drawer, was seen in many Orkney chairs in the nineteenth century, but the hooded top was more unusual.



Originally designed to offer warmth, the hooded chair appealed to turn-of-the-century romanticism about the Scottish Islands as much as practical utility. This chair was one of a pair that belonged to the Welsh painter Augustus John (1878-1961). When acquired by the museum its drawer contained Volume II of Songs of the Hebrides, a song book published in 1917, further emphasising the chair's romantic associations.
Collection
Accession Number
W.1-2012

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record createdJanuary 24, 2012
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