Hall chair

  • Manufacturer

    Manufactured by Cottier & Co. (1873-1915)

  • Detail

    Rosewood and ebonised, with tortoisehell and mother of pearl inlay

    81 x 63.5 x 51 cm

    American (New York), probably circa 1905

  • Marked

    ‘4940’ under front (facing) right foot

  • Provenance

    American private collection

  • Collection

    Private collection [the late John Schaeffer, Sydney]; resold Leonard Joel, Sydney, 25 August 2020, lot 475

  • Notes

    There are five chairs of this design at Clayton, Pittsburgh, a former Frick family residence, now open as a historic house.  It is thought that these chairs were originally at Eagle Rock, the family’s summer residence at Pride’s Crossing, Massachusetts.  Although they cannot be identified in Cottier’s 1906 bill, they do match a description in an inventory the following year (information kindly supplied by Dawn Reid).

    And see Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu, Max Donnelly, et al., Daniel Cottier Designer Decorator Dealer, London, 2021, fig. 89 (noted added 02 July 2021)

    Other chairs of this model have appeared on the New York art market, including a pair formerly with Garrick Stephenson.

    Glasgow-born Daniel Cottier died in 1891, but his firm continued in New York until 1915, although latterly principally as art dealers.