Arts and Crafts chair

A chair with heart cut out of the back.

Oak, leather-covered seat, designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, about 1902

This chair comes from a dining room designed by Voysey for a house in Birkenhead. It is typical of the Arts and Crafts style in that it is made from plain oak and leather, has simple clean lines and reveals the methods by which it was made. The joints of the back splat are left visible as part of the design. The pierced heart shape was a particular feature of Voysey's designs.

It makes a good contrast with the typical Victorian chair also displayed in this section.

Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Fund, 1982.