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Bergère

1893-1895 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This armchair was designed by George Jack (1855-1932) and manufactured by Morris & Company in about 1893. In the nineteenth century chairs such as this, with caned sides and backs, were referred to as bergere armchairs. This example is closely based on a Regency model and is typical of the sort of furniture Morris & Company were making in the 1890s. According to the Morris and Company catalogue of about 1912 this type of chair was still available for purchase from the firm. The loose cushions of this particular chair are covered in a chintz designed by William Morris called ‘Tulip’.

The chair was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Mrs Amy Tozer, the daughter of John Carruthers who was a friend of William Morris and who bought the chair directly from Morris & Company.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Bergere
  • Cushion
  • Cushion
Materials and Techniques
Mahogany, with cane sides and loose cushions covered with <i>Tulip</i> chintz
Brief Description
Bergere armchair designed by George Jack, London, 1893-1895.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 102cm
  • Width: 62cm
  • Depth: 68cm
Gallery Label
Designer unknown Made by Morris & Co., London Mahogany and cane, cushions in the 'Tulip' chintz designed by William Morris in 1875 This is closely based upon an early nineteenth century original. The minor design changes were probably by George Jack. By the 1890's, many of the pieces of furniture manufactured by Morris and Co. were reproductions of actual Georgian pieces rather than new and original desings. Were this chair to be given cushions covered in leather rather than Morris fabric, it could easily pass as 1810-1820 in date.(1993)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs Amy Tozer
Summary
This armchair was designed by George Jack (1855-1932) and manufactured by Morris & Company in about 1893. In the nineteenth century chairs such as this, with caned sides and backs, were referred to as bergere armchairs. This example is closely based on a Regency model and is typical of the sort of furniture Morris & Company were making in the 1890s. According to the Morris and Company catalogue of about 1912 this type of chair was still available for purchase from the firm. The loose cushions of this particular chair are covered in a chintz designed by William Morris called ‘Tulip’.



The chair was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Mrs Amy Tozer, the daughter of John Carruthers who was a friend of William Morris and who bought the chair directly from Morris & Company.
Bibliographic Reference
Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.249 to B-1961

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record createdJuly 26, 2001
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