Art deco—the style of
the flapper, the luxury ocean liner, and the skyscraper—came to
epitomize the glamour, luxury, and hedonism of the Jazz Age. After
bursting onto the world stage, it quickly swept the globe,
influencing everything from architecture to interior design, fashion
jewelry, and radios. Above all, it became the style of the pleasure
palaces of the age—hotels, nightclubs, and movie theaters.
chairs has always been a fun party game. The fact that it began with a
"musical chair" seems lost in obscurity. The Swiss and
Germans, known for their music boxes, found a novel way to insert one in
the seat of an elaborately decorated chair. A hostess placed the chair
among others in a circle. The game’s players walked around the circle
while the music from the chair’s music box played. Whoever sat on the
chair and stopped the music by engaging the switch that turned off the
music box, had to leave the game. The last person to remain won.
Craftsmen, producing the chairs from the 1880s
to the 1920s, used several kinds of wood, usually walnut plus some
exotic varieties for inlays. They usually didn’t sign their chairs.
Often, these chairs came in a set with an armchair and side chairs.
Today, the chair pictured here, owned by Sherrill and Barb Edwards of
West Grove, Pennsylvania, is priced at $2,100. Most, however, sell for
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