Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection

Longhorn armchair and ottoman

  • Attributed to Wenzel Friedrich (Bohemian, 1827–1902)
    San Antonio, TX, 1880–90
    Steer horn, wood, metal, glass, brass, leatherette (not original)
    Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen, 1986-39-1,2
    Photo: Andrew Garn

  • In the latter half of the nineteenth century, furniture made entirely from horn became popular in Germany, Bohemia, Austria, and America. Wenzel Friedrich created this armchair structure from a rigid, non moldable element. The horn curves guide the composition, and, by interweaving them, Friedrich transformed them into a functional interlace.

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