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Dining chair - Omega chair

Omega chair

  • Object:

    Dining chair

  • Place of origin:

    Leicester, England (made)

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fry, Roger, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
    Dryad Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pine, lacquered and painted, the cane gilded

  • Museum number:

    MISC.2:3-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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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 cane panels in seat and back

Place of Origin

Leicester, England (made)

Date

1913 (made)

Artist/maker

Fry, Roger, born 1866 - died 1934 (designer)
Dryad Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pine, lacquered and painted, the cane gilded

Dimensions

Height: 110.2 cm, Width: 45.4 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

Of painted wood, designed by Roger Fry, made by Dryad Ltd, for sale in the Omega Workshops

Exhibition History

Conversation Anglaise: le Groupe de Bloomsbury (La Piscine 20/11/2009-20/02/2010)
The Omega Workshops 1913-1919 (The Crafts Council 01/01/1984-31/12/1984)

Materials

Pine

Techniques

Painting

Categories

Furniture; Woodwork

Collection code

FWK

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