The Chairs: Inspiration for Nicole Cohen's Installation Please Be Seated

The chairs below are all on view in the Decorative Arts galleries of the Getty Museum at the Getty Center. Cohen chose chairs that each have a unique style, function, and history of ownership.

Click on the images to learn more about the chairs and the Getty Museum's decorative arts collection.

Desk Chair / Meunier Side Chair / Gondouin Armchair / French

Desk Chair, attributed to Étienne Meunier, about 1735

Side Chair, Jacques Gondouin, designer; frames by François-Toussaint Foliot , furniture worker; probably carved by Toussaint Foliot, 1780–1781

Arm Chair, French, Paris, about 1730–1735

Swivel Chair / Jacob Armchair / Tilliard Stool / French

Swivel Chair, frame by Georges Jacob, carved by Pierre-Claude Triquet, carver; and Jean-Baptiste-Simon Rode, carver, 1787

Armchair, stamped by Jacques-Jean-Baptiste Tilliard, about 1770–1775

Stool, French, about 1715–1720