The Morris chair

For the past month I have been preoccupied with a painting class.  Soon I plan to write about that, but for now here is a quick look at something that drew comments in my last (hastily written) post.

I included some pics of my house.  Some of my readers were interested in a chair, so I thought I would take a few more photos and show you it in all its grandeur.

The tray table is one my mother bought in Morocco on a world jaunt with my stepfather.  The loveseat was my mother’s and I had it recovered in safari fabric that parades lions and zebras.

Morris chair, side view

Morris chair, side view

This was my uncle’s chair, and it was always known in the family as “Bart’s Chair.”  He sat in it every afternoon and sipped his Martini.  After he retired and he and my aunt moved to Peterborough New Hampshire he sat in it next to the sun porch and dozed quietly.  I was delighted that it came to me when the New Hampshire house was finally sold.

carved armrest

carved armrest

The armrests are carved lion’s heads with sphinx-like wings attached.  The legs have claw feet.

front view

front view

Here’s a back view.

back view

back view

The rod supporting the chair back is brass.  I love this chair.  I have known it for my whole life.

There are a couple of plastic chilies hanging from ribbons on he back.  Those are for 1st and 2nd prizes in the Island Chili Cook-off.  I won them 2 years in a row, but lately I have been away when the cook-off was held.

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9 Responses to The Morris chair

  1. Jan says:

    The history behind the chair is fascinating, as is the chair itself.

    Chili recipe? Please?

  2. Darlene says:

    I remember a similar chair that my grandparents had and my mother kept for as long as I lived at home. I don’t know what happened to the chair, as it disappeared after I was no longer there.

    Is this now Jerry’s chair? My step father claimed the most comfortable chair in the living room and if he came in the room and we were sitting in it, we had to get up and give it to him. My husband never wanted a chair just for him. He was not comfortable with appearing to be selfish.

  3. Mage B says:

    Oh, much, much better than my chair. The carved sphinx is magic stuff. I just have a gentle curve for a support. The sugar twist side supports are completely different than my little bumps. Everything else is just the same which leads me to think our chairs were built in the same place. You just got the super delux model. 🙂 I love it.

  4. Hattie says:

    They were the original Laz-i-boys! My mother had one in mahogony. She had the cushions covered in cut velvet. It was very pretty. I had one in New Jersey that I had to leave behind when we moved to Germany, along with a glassed in mahogony bookcase and a camel back couch and a sleigh bed. Well, they wouldn’t suit our current tropical living style, so I’ll try not to be too jealous of your luck in having such a good piece.
    I just got rid of my old but not antique oriental carpets, because they were too ratty even for old orientals!

  5. wisewebwoman says:


    Being an emigrant, though of long duration, I never did get any of the old large bits of furniture.

    Your life long connection to this chair must be such a comfort.


  6. Friko says:

    Hi old woman,

    I keep missing your posts because I haven’t found a way to follow you. I have now caught up again. Thank you for letting me into your house and telling me all about your recent doings. Don’t work too hard, although it seems you thrive on it.

    Sit in that fancy chair and put your feet up. Now that’s a photo I’d love to see. How about it?

  7. Dick says:

    What a wonderful chair, Anne. Keep it safe – we’re looking for just such a chair for the living room of our new house!

  8. rodolphe says:

    My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.’

  9. Brian says:

    I have the same chair. I know it’s a Morris chair but i’m wondering if anyone knows anything more about it

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