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We all love a good chair. The complexity of medium and form, in some cases form before function, means the Auckland Museum has a diverse collection of locally…
Attributed to the Johnny Jones whaling station and settlement, near Waikouaiti, north of Dunedin, the chair is a very rare, early example of domestic New Zealand made seated furniture used by settlers, whalers and traders. Taking advantage of New Zealand rimu, a wood that grows abundantly throughout the entire country, the chair is a simplified Regency period, Sheraton-styled elegant dining chair with arms and flat integral seat.
Coolie chair, unknown maker, circa 1950-1970, New Zealand. Plasticised cane, steel.Coolie chairs first made in Hong Kong in 1950s; name derived from shape of hat worn by Chinese labourers; constructed from plastic, cane and steel and initially very cheap. Also references to manufacture of coolie chairs in New Zealand in late 1950s-1960s, some made by recent Dutch migrants, one of whom had a factory at Papatoetoe, Auckland. Similar chairs also made at Blind Institute, Auckland.