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The Frederick Parker Chair Catalogue

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Arts & Humanities Data Service
December 2007

co-author: Sue Newton-Short

This work is the first stage of the process of disseminating information on the whole of the Frederick Parker Collection to the research community and the wider public.

The Frederick Parker Furniture Collection consists of a collection of chairs, a collection of carvings and the Frederick Parker Company archive. The chairs and carvings were collected by Frederick Parker himself as a study collection to inspire his designers and makers of fine, contemporary furniture.

The collection is on permanent loan to London Metropolitan University. The chairs are on public display in a purpose-built gallery and the carvings and archive are in secure storage.

The phase of accommodating the Parker collection was completed in 2001. Information about the collection needs to be in the public domain. Very little has been written about the chairs (Blain S, Take A Seat, 1995). The Frederick Parker Foundation trustees have published a short introductory booklet on twenty of the chairs. Thus complete catalogues of both the chairs and the carvings and an inventory of the company archive are required in the first instance.

This is a catalogue of the chair collection, which includes all currently known data about each chair, an image and a description. It has been deposited with the AHDS and the information is therefore available to the public. The catalogue will be updated as research on the collection progresses, for example the upholstery survey and condition reports.

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related outcomes:
Sue Newton-Short: The Frederick Parker Chair Catalogue
Sue Newton-Short: The Frederick Parker Chair Collection

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