About this artwork
At the height of their careers, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene designed the Pasadena winter residence of the midwestern lumber baron Robert R. Blacker. The Blacker House (1907–09) marries Asian simplicity with the openness of California’s Hispanic haciendas and demonstrates the brothers’ masterful integration of an architectural plan with interior furnishings. This side chair—which Charles Greene designed for the Blacker House’s living room—display hallmarks of his mature style. Here he combined exquisite workmanship and elaborate joinery with poetic details like ebony pegs and abstract cutaways on the chairback.
- Charles Sumner Greene
- Side Chair
- c. 1907–1909
- Mahogany and ebony
- 95.3 × 50.2 × 45.7 cm (37 1/2 × 19 3/4 × 18 in.)
- Purchased with funds provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts