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Chair, Round Arm Swivel

TitleChair, Round Arm Swivel
Artist/MakerS. Karpen and Brothers, Chicago, IL
MediumMahogany, leather
Dimensions h. 32 x  w. 31.5 x  d. 31.25 in. ( h. 81.3 x  w. 80 x  d. 79.4 cm)
Credit LineU.S. Senate Collection
Accession Number65.00120.000

  • Object Description
  • Designed by New York cabinetmaker Thomas D. Wadelton (1861-1931), this leather upholstered mahogany swivel chair was custom-made by S. Karpen and Bros. for the Russell Senate Office Building, which opened on March 5, 1909.

    A standard set of furniture was made for each senator's suite and included a flat-top desk, a swivel desk chair, a round arm chair, a square arm chair, a small side chair, an easy chair, and a davenport.

    For the project, S. Karpen and Bros. of Chicago, Illinois (under contract with George W. Cobb, Jr.) manufactured 125 mahogany swivel chairs at a cost of $27.25 each. In 1933, when the office building was expanded, six additional chairs were manufactured in walnut by the Company of Master Craftsmen, Inc., of New York, New York (under contract with W.J. Sloane, Inc.). For ease of identification, the manufacturer's contract referred to the chair as "Type B."