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Chair Theme: Beginnings

Artist: Edward MADELEY

Title: Chair

Credit Line: Collection, Art Gallery of WA: Gift of the Premier's Dept, through Sir Douglas and Lady Kendrew, 1987

Edward Madeley’s exuberant woodcarving celebrated one of Western Australia’s unique resources, the rich hardwood of the abundant South-West jarrah forests. He was commissioned by the Western Australian Government to make this ceremonial chair as a centrepiece of its stand at the 1907 Franco–British Exhibition in London. The promotional display was typical of the presentations made by the newly-Federated Australian states at such at intercolonial and international exhibitions, in which art, crafts and trades were selected or commissioned to embody regional aspiration and achievement.

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