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Chair - Omega chair
  • Omega chair
    Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934
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Omega chair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Leicester (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
    Dryad Ltd. (maker)
    Omega Workshops (for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pine, lacquered and painted, the cane gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Marianne Rodker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This was one of the two standard dining chairs offered for sale by the Omega Workshops, opened by the artist Roger Fry in 1913 with premises in Fitzroy Street, London. Fry was a promoter of decorative arts, and wanted to remove the division in perception between the fine and decorative arts. In the workshop, artists produced pieces that were anonymous, signed only with the Greek letter Omega.

The Omega Workshops either designed furniture to be made by professional furniture makers, or bought second-hand furniture at auction to paint and resell. The dining chairs were carefully designed by Roger Fry with the angle between the top rail and back exaggerated by the square panel of caning in the back.

Physical description

Dining chair of rectangular form painted red, with gilded cane panels in seat and back

Place of Origin

Leicester (city) (made)


1913 (made)


Fry, Roger Eliot, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
Dryad Ltd. (maker)
Omega Workshops (for)

Materials and Techniques

Pine, lacquered and painted, the cane gilded


Height: 110.2 cm, Width: 51 cm, Depth: 56 cm

Object history note

Designed by Roger fry for the Omega Workshops and made by Dryad Ltd, this is one of the two standard Omega dining chairs offered for sale: one was painted red and the other was painted grey and had a gap between seat and back. This type of Omega dining chair was illustrated in the Omega Workshops Descriptive Catalogue.

Descriptive line

Chair, lacquered and painted with gilded caning, designed by Roger Fry fro the Omega Workshops, c.1913-1919

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gerstein, Alexandra (ed.), Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19 London : The Courtauld Gallery, 2009


Pine; Cane; Paint


Painting; Lacquering




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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