Craftsman’s Chair

Craftsman’s Chair

Don Stephens (1887–1971)

Arden, Delaware, ca. 1910

Oak

Gift of the estate of Caroline Stephens Holt

The design of this so-called “Craftsman’s” chair is inspired by British Arts and Crafts Movement examples. Don Stephens joined this chair with wooden pins and carved its decoration by hand to express his preference against machine-made furniture of the Industrial Revolution. The chair is very similar to examples designed by William Lightfoot Price (1861–1916) in the nearby artist community of Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Price and Don Stephens’s father founded Delaware’s northern artist colony of Arden in 1900.